Indian Woman dies in Irish Hospital - because it 'is a Catholic Country' - 16 Nov 12

16 Nov 2012  Vrindavan, India

Category: Religion

Savita Halappanavar

Savita Halappanavar

The media, at least here in India, currently highlights a case which I wanted to write to you about. An Indian woman died of blood poisoning in a hospital in Ireland because doctors refused to abort her unborn baby although she was in extreme pain. The doctors’ reason: ‘This is a Catholic country.’ Let me explain the deathly combination of medicine and religion in this case.

The woman, Savita Halappanavar, was 17 weeks pregnant when she went to the hospital complaining of back pain. After an examination she got to know that she was having a miscarriage and that it would take just some hours. She still had horrible pain, though, and she and her husband thus asked the doctors to speed up the process by aborting the baby and thus relieving the woman of her pain.

This is now where the fatal problems started. The fetus still had a heartbeat and doctors told Savita and her husband that the law prevented them from carrying out an abortion, adding ‘This is a Catholic country’. Once the baby’s heartbeat stopped, they did it but it was already too late to save the mother’s life. She died in the hospital in which she had spent the last three days of her life in terrible pain.

Purnendu was the first to tell me about this case and my reaction was ‘No, that cannot be. You either misunderstood something or they are giving wrong information!’ I thought it was impossible that any country’s law could ignore the threat to the mother’s life in such a situation. The baby would not be able to survive without the mother, so why would they not try to save the mother’s life instead, regardless their religious belief? It was only after I had read four or five articles about this tragic event that I could really believe it.

There are of course still investigations going on as to what exactly happened and whose mistake it was but one can already read that there are issues with the law that is very strict in prohibiting abortions. There is actually the rule that allows an abortion in exactly that case that the mother’s life is in danger. The guidelines to that are however not clear and so doctors are either afraid of taking that decision because of fearing the law or they refuse to kill a fetus because of their rigid religious views that tell them this is a sin.

It doesn’t really matter what the investigations will show in the end, the reality is that religion has killed this woman. ‘This is a Catholic country’ was the argument. What a tragedy! Yes, this happened because of religion. Due to religion, a life is gone and that cannot be reversed.

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If you’re disturbed that reports supporting the pro-abortion cause contain lies, fabrications, deceit, dishonesty, false accusations, misstatements, disinformation, hyperbole, and more. When one examines only the established facts in the case, then compare them to what’s being claimed and accepted as fact, the nature of the pro-aborts becomes painfully clear. So let’s look at what we know: The reporter, Kitty Holland (who broke the story) has very strong ties to the pro-aborts; her mother is Mary Holland, who wrote and campaigned for abortion rights in Ireland. Kitty's dad is Eamonn McCann of the Socialist Workers party. Kitty said that her story that was published by The Observer on Nov. 17, had left out a crucial statement that WAS in her original article written three days earlier: There is no evidence, as of yet, that Savita had died for want of a termination”. Kitty also pointed out that the headline about Savita‘s death being caused because doctors refused to terminate was added by someone else at The Observer (see her interview on YouTube). As a matter of fact, the rather detailed medical documentation lists Savita’s requests for even small things, like tea, but contain no record that Savita ever requested a termination. Sadly, there's more. If any of you value truth, leave the pro-abort movement now.

Reply By Pat Henry on March 16, 2017 23:32


This was a terrible case of misjudgement and ignorance on the part of the Irish Doctors.....that Ireland is a Catholic country is no excuse for what has happened.......but like meny other countries religion is often the cause of many unhappy events.......we have only to at the worls around us and ask ourselves how many killings etc are done in the name of religion.........as you say......what ever the result of the investigations the answer will be the same.......and this young and beautiful mother will have died in vain and her family will live on to bear the pain.......we can only hope that this will not happen again......but it know in our hearts that it will...........blessings .......namaste

Reply By phyllis on November 17, 2012 03:05


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