The fruits of fetal personhood?
November 14, 2012 3:29 PM   Subscribe

"Abortions in Ireland have been illegal since 1983, with the passing of a constitutional amendment that says the embryo, from the moment of conception, is an Irish citizen." In the early hours of October 28, 2012, 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar died in a university hospital in Galway, Ireland. Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she was hospitalized on October 21 and told she was miscarrying.

Despite repeated requests over a three-day period by both Halappanavar and her husband that the pregnancy be terminated, physicians refused. At one point, a consultant told the couple, “As long as there is a fetal heartbeat we can't do anything.”

The fetus was removed on October 25 after its heart stopped beating.

Halappanavar had moved to Ireland from India with her husband in 2008.
posted by Schadenfreudian (4 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: We have an existing open abortion thread, please link to this there. A single link news story is not a great way to make a post on a historically very touchy topic. -- jessamyn

The post title doesn't need a question mark.
posted by gurple at 3:33 PM on November 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

Totally disgusting. I actually posted this on Facebook and someone (who subsequently unfriended me) defended the doctors. Listen, I really feel for people who have religious beliefs that don't coincide with the law, but I will never stop fighting for a woman's right to do with her own body what she pleases, especially when it coincides with good science.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 3:36 PM on November 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

This....there are no words I have for this travesty which aren't filled with profanities, anger, and generally being shouty.

In the TWENTY-FIRST fucking century, this should have never happened.
posted by Kitteh at 3:39 PM on November 14, 2012

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