The devastating death of Savita Halappanavar needs to make Ireland stand up and change its anti-abortion laws. The tragedy here is that government religious legislation ruled over medical sense.
Savita begged medical staff to terminate her pregnancy while in agony. She knew she was miscarrying and it is said that a termination would have saved her life. Instead she died of blood poisoning.
I would expect this outcome in Victorian times or maybe even in a developing country but not in modern Ireland, a member of the EU. Where is common sense and the common medical purpose to save human life? Neither life here was saved. Instead, an excuse not to perform a life saving procedure on the grounds of Catholic religion.
Savita’s family are now considering taking legal action and if one can only hope that the only positive outcome out of this tragedy is that these medieval laws are changed so that women are not put in medical danger.
God this makes me so cross!