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Ireland is a really, REALLY, anti-abortion country. How anti-abortion is it? It's so anti-abortion that when a young woman named Savita Halappanavar start having a miscarriage during her 17th week of pregnancy, the doctors wouldn't treat her. Halappanavar was miscarrying yet the doctors wouldn't remove the fetus from her body in order to treat her. Instead they allowed the fetus to slowly asphyxiate in the womb while Halappanavar began to die in extraordinary pain.
Both she and her husband begged the doctors to perform a therapeutic D&C but the doctors replied, "Ireland is a Catholic country," and refused treatment. It was only after the heartbeat of the dying fetus had slowly faded that the doctors deigned to actually be doctors and treat Halappanavar. By this time, unfortunately, it was too late. Septicemia had set in and Halappanavar died two days later.
THAT is how anti-abortion Ireland is!
I'd use the term "pro-life," but somehow it seems inappropriate in this situation. The full article can be read here
Listen, we're all dating women here. Dating and sex play a large part in our lives. Pregnancy is always a possibility and both genders should appreciate how important women's health is in order for all our lives to be improved. It is immoral to ask women to sacrifice their health, their futures, their fates and, yes, in the case of Halappanavar, their lives for a moral code that not everyone agrees with.
The vast majority of the current Irish government is male. The effects of their decisions regarding women's health will not effect them personally... only the women of Ireland. In order to protect women's health both internationally and in the US we should pay attention to Halappanavar's sad story well.
What are your thoughts on the issue and government's involvement in a woman's reproductive rights?
In order to find out more about protecting women's health, go to the NARAL website here