Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 12:34:12 pm
This horrifying story from Ireland is a grim warning of what's in store for the United States if the Republican Party's anti-abortion agenda is allowed to succeed: Woman 'Denied a Termination' Dies in Hospital.
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.
Note the hospital's reason for refusing this poor woman an abortion: a heartbeat was present.
This is exactly the kind of law the Republican Party is pushing in many states - to define human life as beginning when a heartbeat is audible.
It's no exaggeration at all to say this is what the GOP wants for America. They're working hard to make it happen, right now.