Seven days. That’s how long it took Savita Halappanavar to die. She arrived at Galway University Hospital in Ireland with severe pain. She was 17 weeks pregnant and doctors confirmed she was miscarrying. The problem was that even though the fetus was not viable, it still had a heartbeat. What doctors thought would not take long to occur, for her body to expel the fetus, the process was long and excruciating. Halappanavar asked for doctors to abort, but they refused because there was still a heartbeat. Eventually the fetus did die and its remains were surgically removed. But it was too late for Mrs. Halappanavar. She died from blood poisoning when her organs shut down.
Savita Halappanavar’s death was preventable. Doctors in Ireland would not perform the abortion because she was in a Catholic hospital and Ireland is a “Catholic country.” However, though the country is pre-dominantly Catholic, it is not a theocracy. In addition, Ireland is part of the European Union, which promotes human rights. This is one of the most unethical things I’ve ever heard in my life. Ireland bans abortion, but a 1992 Supreme Court ruling stated that abortions can be done to save the mother’s life. So now the world is asking, “Why wasn’t anything done?”
This is what happens when people cling to their beliefs. They cannot discern that something needs to be done to save the life of the mother rather than the fetus. This should be an example of what could happen with so many bills trying to ban abortion of any kind in the U.S. And there have been bills written that would prevent abortion even if the fetus has a heartbeat, called the “Heartbeat Bill.” So this is what will happen. People will die. There have been medical advances that make abortion safe. Medical advances keep maternal mortality rates low. By taking away the right to abortions, health standards are sent backward by decades. Science can help women who will die if an abortion is not performed.
Because let’s face it: allowing someone to die because lawmakers care more about the fetus rather than a living, sentient human is totally pro-life, right?
The following video sums up very well how I really feel about this situation.
Disclaimer: If you are sensitive to religious criticism, you may not want to watch.