Lack of an abortion did not cause Savita Halappanavar’s death in Galway
Pro-abortion interests want public to believe otherwise but facts are clear
Marc Coleman is Economics Editor of Newstalk Radio in Dublin and a noted commentator.
Last Saturday I was agreeing fully with Niall O’Dowd’s editorial on Cardinal O’Malley’s snub to our Taoiseach (Prime Minister). Having shook hands with Obama I couldn’t understand how he couldn’t do the same with Enda Kenny.
Then I spotted the following comment he made in relation to government plans to legalize abortion in Ireland – and previous governments not having done so until now- where he wrote the following:
“The tragic consequences of not legislating were laid out in Galway recently when a young Indian woman died after a doctor refused to terminate her non-viable fetus.”
Wow. Just Wow. Had he made any effort to follow the facts of the abortion debate since last November, this is what he would know: As the Coroner’s report into the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar death makes clear, her death occurred due to hospital systems failure and not the lack of abortion.
The contention that Ireland’s “Catholic laws” caused her death were stupid and bigoted to begin with (enacted by an overwhelmingly protestant parliament in 1861, they are decidedly protestant). Since the Coroner’s report was published anyone with sense has backed away from that view.
Virulent sepsis, aggravated by a litany of mistakes - blood samples not followed up in time, management protocols not followed, poor communication between staff on call, confusion over medical notes – are the real causes of death.
As I pointed out in my last article for IrishCentral, Dr. Hema Divakar of the Indian Federation of Obstetricians believes an earlier termination could, far from helping, have led to an earlier death. But even if it had been helpful, it would, under Irish law – which permits termination if there is a “real and substantial” risk to the life of the mother – have been lawful.
So the correct response to this tragedy is not legislation, but better guidelines to apply the law already there. And a drastic overhaul of hospital management systems. Unfortunately compared to entrenched vested interests in publicly run hospitals, unborn children are voiceless and easier to scapegoat politically. Thanks to biased agenda driven reporting, public anger has directed away from cause and fact and towards myths and agendas. We must now, we are told, legalize abortion because in 1992 the Supreme Courts said so in its infamous “X case” ruling.
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