Posted by: mdmusingsie | November 17, 2012

Savita, Rest in Peace

I just returned from a candlelight vigil to honor the life of Savita Halappanavar who died a few weeks ago in Galway University Hospital.  Kindred vigils were held in Dublin, Cork and around the country.  Whilst it’s true that people die on a regular basis in Ireland and every country, the circumstances in this case are truly tragic.

The news of Savita’s death has spread around the world and you may have already heard about her tragedy. (If you want to read more there are plenty of articles in the Irish Times, Irish Independent, and many other publications worldwide.) Whilst multiple investigations are under way to determine if there were any errors in policy or procedure, this case does bring to light something I found shocking.

Twenty years ago, the Irish Supreme Court ruled that Ireland’s constitution allows for a medical termination of pregnancy when the life of the mother is at risk. It turned the matter over to the government to provide proper legislation as to the conditions the constitution covers and provide those directives to medical personnel to assist them in applying the procedure under the allowed conditions. It certainly seems to be a textbook case of several successive governments playing ostrich, putting their heads in the sand and hoping either the issue will go away or someone else will deal with it.  The issue has not gone away and I doubt the public will let it be swept back under the carpet this time.

Whether you agree with abortion in all cases, limited cases, or not at all, I think women living in Ireland and their medical professionals deserve clarification in the form of legislation. It’s too bad a beautiful, young woman had to die to bring the issue back into focus.

May Savita rest in peace and may the Creator comfort her husband and their families in this truly difficult time.

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  1. yes…that was bureaucracy gone crazy

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