Abortion advocates are using the tragic death of Dr Savita Halappanavar to promote abortion in Ireland through fear and error.
The media and abortion advocates are correlating Dr. Savita's death with a lack of legal abortion in Ireland. The facts demonstrate that abortion has nothing to do with Dr. Savita's death.
Dr. Sam Coulter-Smith, master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin has stated, "This case probably does not have a lot to do with abortion laws". - Belfast Telegraph
Dr. Hema Divakar, President-elect of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India, stated the following regarding her assessment of Dr. Savita's cause of death:
"Delay or refusal to terminate the pregnancy does not in itself seem to be the cause of death. Even if the law permitted it, it is not as if her life would have been saved because of termination," she said.
"Severe septicaemia with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), a life-threatening bleeding disorder which is a complication of sepsis, major organ damage and loss of the mother's blood due to severe infection, is the cause of death in Savita's case. This is what seems to have happened and this is a sequence which cannot be reversed just by terminating the pregnancy."
Dr. Savita died of scepticaemia, and termination of pregnancy is not a treatment for scepticaemia.
Published emails show that abortion activists and political operatives were given notice of a looming big story on Dr. Savita's death at least three days before the publication of the story.
The abortion activists held a strategy meeting days before the original story broke.
The writer of this story was Kitty Holland, daughter of two noted abortion activists. Without any public information available about the cause of Dr. Savita's death other than that provided by her husband, the headline of Holland's Irish Times story would breathlessly proclaim "Woman 'denied a termination' dies in hospital".
The tone of the story overwhelmingly suggested that a denial of abortion was the cause of Dr. Savita's death. Holland would state in a later story that, "Whether the fact that Savita had been refused a termination was a factor in her death has yet to be established."
Medical guidelines currently in place clearly state that intervention, including termination of pregnancy, may be proper in exceptional cases like Dr. Savita's:
"In current obstetrical practice, rare complications can arise where therapeutic intervention (including termination of a pregnancy) is required at a stage when, due to extreme immaturity of the baby, there may be little or no hope of the baby surviving. In these exceptional circumstances, it may be necessary to intervene to terminate the pregnancy to protect the life of the mother, while making every effort to preserve the life of the baby."
Irish law and medical guidelines allow for life-saving treatment for the mother in cases like Dr. Savita's, but Irish doctors in this case and generally also recognize this principle.
Dr. Sam Coulter-Smith, master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin said:
"I think most of us who work in obstetrics and gynaecology, there may be individual differences, but the majority would be of the view that if the health is such a risk that there is a risk of death and we are dealing with a foetus that is not viable, there is only one answer to that question, we bring the pregnancy to an end."
Many abortion advocates have argued that Ireland's "pro-life" laws or Catholic culture have made Ireland unsafe for mothers.
In reality, according to a 2009 UNICEF report, Ireland is the safest place to have a baby in the world. - BBC News
Ireland's maternal mortality rate is lower than India, the U.K., and the U.S.
In fact here's how India, the U.K. and the U.S. compare:
Source: World Heath Organization (WHO)
Pro-life Chile has the lowest maternal mortality rate in Latin America. Pro-life Poland is among the top ten nations for lowest rate of maternal mortality in the world. - CIA World Factbook
A major recent study from Pro-Life Chile is the latest confirmation that legal abortion does not reduce maternal mortality.
- PLOS One Journal