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If the mother dies, so does the baby

A month ago, Savita Halappanavar went to a hospital in Ireland, complaining of back pain. She was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.

The doctors informed her that she was having a miscarriage. However, the law in Ireland prevents doctors from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.  Because of this strict law, the doctors refused to perform an abortion, even though Savita was in excruciating pain and her husband asked them to perform the abortion.  Three days later, Savita died of a blood infection caused by the prolonged miscarriage.

Protests demanding changes in the strict laws that led to Savita’s death have popped up in Ireland, as well as the Irish embassy in London.

Her husband, Praveen, said it best: “They knew they couldn’t help the baby. Why did they not look at the bigger life?” Apparently, the strict laws that prevented an abortion that may have saved Savita’s life are based on Catholic teachings, an explanation provided by the medical staff after she died.

Photo from the 2004 March for Women's Lives, t...

Photo from the 2004 March for Women’s Lives, taken by me (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Religion shouldn’t be the basis of forming medical policy, and here is a perfect case against it. Why should both a mother and her baby die, when both can be saved?

That doesn’t sound very religious to me.



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