On October 28, Savita Halappanavar, a 31 year old women, born in India, died. She was in the process of having a miscarriage, being 17 weeks pregnant. Unfortunately, she was in a hospital in a country where the life of the fetus is more important than the life of the mother. She kept begging for the physicians who know good and well that she was truly suffering from a miscarriage, to perform an abortion. They could steal hear a fetal heart-beat. According to Irish law, she would be required to suffer, probably to die, in order to make sure that the baby was not improperly terminated.
The woman suffered, horribly.
“...The next day, Savita became visibly ill, shivering and vomiting, and the fetal heartbeat stopped during the following afternoon. Doctors then removed the fetus and Savita was taken to intensive care where she deteriorated rapidly, suffering multi-organ failure a few days later, dying in the early hours of Oct. 28. She had contracted a form of blood poisoning as well as an E. coli infection, a pathologist found….”
This beautiful young woman died in a Catholic hospital, where the life of the unborn was given preference to the life of the living.
“…This case happened in Ireland. But it is not isolated. Just this past summer, a teen in the Dominican Republic died because she was denied chemotherapy for cancer. Countless others die every day, but without press coverage we just don’t see or hear about them. As Ipas notes, Women in El Salvador and Mexico have been put in jail for both abortions and “suspicious” miscarriages. Young girls in Argentina and Brazil, victims of violence and incest, have been denied safe abortion care. A total abortion ban in Nicaragua means that not only do women die for lack of safe abortion care, but that untold numbers of women and girls who are the victims of violence are forced to endure pregnancy and childbearing against their will. …”
I am anti-abortion. I find the idea of an abortion for birth control purposes to be just plain old murder. But, I am also a rational and compassionate person who comprehends the fact that the life of the living is more important than the life of a 17 week old fetus.
The problem is that, if people like Paul Ryan or Rick Santorum, or any of the members of the extreme pro-life movement have their way, this is what will be happening more and more. It isn’t because we do not treasure life, it is because they don’t give a damn about women. To the far right, a woman has become nothing more than a womb without a view. She is a breeder, with no value other than to produce little white babies to repopulate the world.
When the life of a living woman is considered less important than the life of the unborn, something is terribly wrong. The Pink Flamingo wants to know if it is murder to allow a living, breathing person to die to in order to preserve the life of someone yet born?