No one wants to talk about this (part two)…but everyone should be.

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.


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6 Responses to No one wants to talk about this (part two)…but everyone should be.

  1. sarcrowe says:

    That’s such a good point that having a dominant religion does not make a country a theocracy. It kills me (literally, almost, as it makes me want to jump off a building) that the same people who froth at the mouth about “Islamic extremists” just cannot comprehend why having the ten commandments in a courthouse is problematic. It’s all the same. The overarching theme of most religions is patriarchy (because they were invented by men) and when you start injecting doctrine into government and legislation, women are the first to suffer. This woman is dead because people thought her life was less important than some nonsensical mandate from a deity.

    • hallokeri says:

      I agree with everything you said here. The hypocrisy of people who are so against extremists from the other side completely lack any form of self-awareness. They complain about Sharia Law yet they would implement their own version so fast given the opportunity.

  2. relmo003 says:

    *High Fives* to you, i remember seeing this story on the news but not fully understanding why all of this happened. Its awful that the mother had to lose her life even though they knew the baby posed a threat to her. The hospital that i get my birth control from is catholic, and i remember the doctor telling me that the reason i wanted to get my birth control had to be because i was having trouble during my period, not actually for “birth control”. I hope this story changes things everywhere because there was no reason she needed to lose her life.

    • hallokeri says:

      I’m just glad you and other women are able to receive birth control from Catholic hospitals. It’s better than nothing, right?

  3. Some where I have a link to an article about how this Christian pro-life movement really got started in America in the 1970s and that prior to that date you had religious authorities speak out in favor of abortion… still looking for it.

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