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Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital

Posted on November 14th, 2012 at 14:43 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News -- Write a comment


Two investigations are under way into the death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant, at University Hospital Galway last month.

Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hospital on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying, and died of septicaemia a week later.

Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar (34), an engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, says she asked several times over a three-day period that the pregnancy be terminated. He says that, having been told she was miscarrying, and after one day in severe pain, Ms Halappanavar asked for a medical termination.

This was refused, he says, because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told, “this is a Catholic country”.

She spent a further 2½ days “in agony” until the foetal heartbeat stopped.

The dead foetus was removed and Savita was taken to the high dependency unit and then the intensive care unit, where she died of septicaemia on the 28th.

To quote the hospitals very own vision statement:

DIGNITY & RESPECT – Patients privacy, dignity, confidentiality and individual needs are respected. Staff are valued, supported, consulted and involved in decision-making. Diversity is valued and action taken to challenge intolerant attitudes and behaviour.

  1. But they’ll both still go to Heaven, right?

  2. On reading this I remembered a line (which, if I recall correctly, is from a Twilight Zone episode) which goes something like “on the fifth day, god should have stopped”. That line trumps the hospital statement for sure.

  3. How much longer will people have to die in the name of religion?

  4. @Chas – a very long time I fear. Seems like world grows more stupid by the day. The only hope I have is that women stand up in mass world wide. But that said, I am not holding my breath.

  5. Stupidity feeds Religion?

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