Indian woman dies after abortion refusal in Ireland


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14 Nov 2012

 
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Indian woman dies after abortion refusal in IrelandHealth chiefs have launched an investigation, following the death of a woman in an Irish hospital after she was refused an abortion.

Savita Halappanavar, a dentist aged 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when she died after suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia.

The woman’s husband Praveen Halappanavar, 34, claimed she had complained of being in agonising pain while in Galway University Hospital.

He has said that doctors refused to carry out a medical termination because the foetus’s heartbeat was present.

Mr Halappanavar has claimed that following several requests by his late wife for a termination, they were told: “This is a Catholic country.”

The woman’s death is expected to spark a backlash against the Irish Government for failing to reform health laws to allow abortion if the life of the mother is in danger.

Mrs Halappanavar, understood to be from India but who had been living in Ireland, died after developing septicaemia – an infection in the blood – on October 28.

A protest has been planned for the front of the Dail parliament this evening.

Left-wing TDs Clare Daly and Joan Collins described the woman’s death as an outrage.

They criticised the Government for failing to adopt their X Case Bill earlier this year, which would have introduced new laws to allow an abortion in specific life-threatening circumstances.

Ms Daly said: “A woman has died because Galway University Hospital refused to perform an abortion needed to prevent serious risk to her life.

“This is a situation we were told would never arise. An unviable foetus – the woman was having a miscarriage – was given priority over the woman’s life, who unfortunately and predictably developed septicaemia and died.”

Investigations into Mrs Halappanavar’s death have been launched by the Galway-Roscommon University Hospitals Group and the state’s health officials.

Ms Daly and Ms Collins said their proposals would have ensured there was no equivocation over whether an abortion should have been performed.

It is expected the hospital’s investigation will be complete within three months.

Mrs Halappanavar’s family will be interviewed as part of the review.

A spokesman for the hospital said: “Firstly, the Galway Roscommon University Hospitals Group wishes to extend its sympathy to the husband, family and friends of Ms Halappanavar.”

The Galway hospital said medics have carried out all standard practices in notifying the death to the coroner, informing the Health Service Executive and completing a maternal death notification.

“It is standard practice to review unexpected deaths in line with the HSE’s national incident management policy,” it said.

“The family of the deceased is consulted on the terms of reference, interviewed by the review team and given a copy of the final report.”

The spokesman added that the hospital was waiting to consult Mrs Halappanavar’s family on the terms of reference before beginning the review.

AP

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  • http://twitter.com/PortiaMills27 Portia Mills

    “This is a Catholic country.”
    Obey, obey, obey.

    That is always the excuse given in Ireland.

    Somehow passing the book to our Roman Masters who control every aspect of women’s fertility in Ireland seems to relieve the sheeple of responsibility.

    I lived in Ireland for 40 years and experienced this Roman Catholic excuse for allowing women and children to suffer and die.

    Unmarried mothers made to suffer 10 times more than married mothers.

    The old Eve ill Eve and her children must suffer for the sin of being born female.

    As one Ambassador said recently- Ireland is worse than Saudi Arabia.

    Now all the world can look at Ireland see the truth.

    Just a crying shame this amazing wombman had to die to wake the world up.

  • Sarah Carroll

    The death of Savita Halappanavar should provoke outrage in anyone truly concerned about the health of women.

    Hopefully the investigation will shed some light on why Mrs. Halappanavar was refused treatment for miscarriage, when this treatment is regularly administered in this country, and is allowed for by the law and by the Medical Council.

    The treatment she needed was legal, so there is no question that a change in the law is what is needed here. It is medical negligence that she was not treated urgently.

    In cases where the fetus is still alive, the Medical Council in part 21.4 of its guidelines for medical doctors states that treatment is allowed even if “there is little of no hope of the baby surviving”.

    The treatment that Mrs. Halappanavar should have received is legal in this country. In fact, it is standard medical procedure in cases like hers. That she wasn’t treated is a failure of the hospital and medical team, not a problem with the law.

    I suspect that the medical council will strike off one or more people because of this and rightly so.

    The greatest thing we can do to honour Savita’s life is to insist on obstetric excellence – that is what saves women’s lives, not abortion.

  • http://4b75 Pruthu

    This is what happens in the WEST. As it is said in Hindi “Door ke dhol suhavne…”





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