The NYTimes has an article describing the jury’s opinion about the case that resulted in the death of Savitha Halappanavar in Ireland a few months ago after she had a nonviable pregnancy and the doctors refused to do a lifesaving abortion. The bottom line:
Her death was the result of a “medical misadventure.”
That’s how they’re describing medical policies that are the direct result of Catholic doctrine that say a “direct” abortion is never allowed – even when the woman is dying and the fetus is not viable.
In this case, “Ms Halappanavar’s husband, Praveen, said the hospital staff refused to give his wife an abortion even though her fetus had no chance of survival, citing the country’s Roman Catholic social policies against abortions….
“The staff waited three days until the 17-week old fetus had died. By then Ms. Halappanavar was in an advanced state of septicemia, and she died four days later.”
How many “medical misadventures” are our policy makers going to have to see before here in the United States we see criminal penalties for “medical misadventures” dictated by archaic religious dogma?
Does the woman who loses a Fallopian tube because the hospital she enters refuses to administer a drug that would end an ectopic pregnancy count?
Does the case of “Mary,” the women who retells her story in Seattle’s The Stranger, count?
Did my sister’s best friend, who lost her life after the Catholic hospital she entered refused to consider an abortion or do chemo because she was newly pregnant, count?
Just how high does the count have to get?