‘This Is A Catholic Country’: Woman Denied Medically Necessary Abortion, Dies

Author: November 14, 2012 8:45 am

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Galway, :

, 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when she began to experience severe back pain. She was admitted to University Hospital Galway where she was told she was miscarrying. According to her husband, Praveen Halappanavar (via The Irish Times):

“The doctor told us the cervix was fully dilated, amniotic fluid was leaking and unfortunately the baby wouldn’t survive.” The doctor, he says, said it should be over in a few hours. There followed three days, he says, of the foetal heartbeat being checked several times a day.

But the next day, nothing had changed and Savita was now experiencing excruciating pain. When she asked for the failed pregnancy to be terminated, she was refused on the grounds that the fetus’ heartbeat was still detectable and, as a Catholic country, nothing could be done. Two days later, the heartbeat finally stopped and the hospital performed the procedure but it was too late. Savita died of septicaemia (blood poisoning) four days later on October 28.


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