Young Pregnant Woman Dies After Hospital Refuses Her a Life-Saving Abortion

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woman refused abortionA young woman who was 17 weeks pregnant has died of blood poisoning after the hospital refused to give her an abortion that could have saved her life EVEN after she was told that the fetus wasn't going to survive anyway. Savtia Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist living in Ireland, died in severe agony, begging for the medical procedure, and no one would give it to her because it's a "Catholic country."

Halappanavar is Hindu.

This story makes me sick. It should make all women sick. Because regardless of where you stand on abortion, THIS is a travesty. Hospital officials claim there was still a heartbeat even though the 17-week-old fetus could not (and did not) survive outside the mother and would likely die anyway. But Ireland is a "Catholic" country. Never mind the beliefs of the mother. This could have been the fate of our country with a president who wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

It's chilling to imagine being denied a lifesaving medical procedure just because your government decides THEIR religion trumps yours. My heart breaks for this young life snuffed out by people too blinded by their religion to see the irony in their beliefs.

Though she was eventually given an abortion once the heartbeat truly stopped, it was too late. She died of septicaemia and E. coli ESBL.

If life is so precious, how could you let a woman die? They don't care about the sanctity of LIFE at all. They want to control women. Otherwise, this woman would have been allowed to terminate a pregnancy that was ending anyway in order to save her own life.

I get that people are all over the map on abortion, but the fact is, it's personal decision. It's a medical procedure that is only between a woman and her doctor. There is no good reason that these kinds of laws should be applied unilaterally.

Thank goodness we live in a country that honors religious freedom and the power of women's choice. Don't believe in abortion, don't have one. But if a woman desperately needs one to save her life, it's imperative that she live in a country where the law is clear -- termination is legal.

Isn't a hospital's job to save lives? How can they possibly justify refusing to save this woman's OR her fetus' life? It's against everything they are sworn to do. First, do no harm, right?

It's unclear if this woman had children at all. But I imagine as a mom considering her third pregnancy that this could happen to me. My children could be left motherless because some hospital bureaucrat decided my dying fetus was more important than me. I wonder how my children would feel about that decision. I wonder how Halappanavar's husband felt.

Actually I know how he felt. This is infuriating. It's a tragic, pointless death that makes me even more grateful that the election turned out the way it did last week. May nothing like this EVER be allowed to happen in the US.

Do you believe in abortion for the life of the mother?


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bills... billsfan1104

Omg, you really had to throw the election in your article???? And you are still using fear tactics???

Erica Lynn Carroll

1. "This could have been the fate country with a president who wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade."  is completely inaccurate. This could have been the fate of our country if our country was run by a dictatorship, where 2/3rds of the country (by way of congress) don't have to ratify something before it can be law. I'm all for making a pointed argument, but let's be realistic here.

2. Does a father's rights have no part in this argument? I am a woman, and even I don't know what I would do if I was prego and didn't want it but the father did, but if we are talking about liberty and justice and the freedom of choice, doesn't half of that fetus deserve the right of choice as well?

3. I don't care who a person voted for, but I am so sick and tired of people making Romney out to be a horrible woman hating individual who would have put his hand on the bible to be sworn in and then promptly taken all of our shoes and put us in the kitchen. At least the Mormon's are CHANGING their policies in regards to women (the age to go on a mission trip was recently dropped from 25 to 21) and are evolving with the world around them, slowly, but still evolving.

The only way to create change is to create a conversation, not to yell and call your opponent names or to promote fear and half truths. If your defense relies on these tactics you argument couldn't have been that strong in the first place.

End rant.

Cynthia Parten

I am completely pro-choice and this is a tragedy. However, I STILL voted for Romney because I didn't give it to the Democrat fear tactics. Roe v Wade is in no danger of being overturned, for crying out loud.

bills... billsfan1104

I also fricking hate the term "don't like abortion, don't have one".

tuffy... tuffymama

"This could have been the fate country with a president who wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade."

First of all, proofread. I know what you intended to say because I'm smarter than you, but good lord, you presumably are paid to write this smegma. Invest a little time.

Second, you're twisting facts to suit your political agenda. Your boob is in the WH. Let Romney go.

Third, from what I've read, this is not a case of policy, but of malpractice. There is no policy stating she couldn't have had a lifesaving procedure to speed the miscarriage. She didn't present with an intact pregnancy and demand an abortion. This was a woman in the throes of miscarriage who was denied reasonable medical care. Stop twisting and adding details to get everyone inflamed. Malpractice itself implies no policy of harm. It instead implies action(s) that contradict(s) a policy of care.

B1Bomber B1Bomber

If she died of blood poisoning, who says the earlier abortion would have saved her anyway? I'm not saying it couldn't have, but there are no certainties in medicine. Also, one tragic lose-lose medical decision in Ireland is not indicative of policy or possibility in the US, where medical technology is still the best in the world.

Venae Venae

Guess she better move to a country that would allow her baby to die in severe agony.

mleil... mleilanim

She died of SEPTICEMIA & e.coli. She did not die because she was pregnant. Presumably, the fetus died BECAUSE the mother was sick; not the other way around. Sigh. SMH

Christina Mancuso-Henry

I am Pro-Choice 100.10% and I fully believe if Romney had been elected President our rights as women would have significantly changed, especially in this regard. As for Ireland, it is notoriously known as a country where having an abortion is almost unheard of and this story does not surprise me. I am very sorry for this poor woman who had every right to live but was denied that right because of a country's religious and political beliefs. Yes, this was malpractice in every sense of the word, but it has everything to do with Ireland's stance on abortion. While I have no ill-will against Ireland or those who are not Pro-Choice because I believe that everyone is entitled to their opinions, I do believe that religion and state should be completely separate entities and that one should have nothing to do with the other. Rest in peace to this woman and to all women who died because of similar circumstances.

tuffy... tuffymama

Oh, Christina. I pity people who get all their "facts" from the lefty ladies of The Stir. Wow.

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