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    Savita Halappanavar Died After Denied Abortion

    WOMAN DENIED ABORTION IN IRELAND

    A senior midwife told an Indian woman her baby could not be terminated as she miscarried in an Irish hospital because "it's a Catholic thing", an inquest has heard.

    Mrudula Vasealli said her friend Savita Halappanavar pleaded for her baby's heartbeat to be stopped when medics at Galway University Hospital said the fetus could not be saved.

    "She said, the midwife, 'We do not do that here dear. It's a Catholic thing'", Vasealli told Galway Coroners Court in Ireland.

    "The nurses were lovely, They took good care of her. It's the system that was wrong."

    Halappanavar, 31, died from septicaemia on October 28 last year, a week after she was admitted suffering from a miscarriage 17 weeks into her pregnancy.

    Vasealli and friends were at the hospital when Halappanavar's husband Praveen was told she was suffering multi-organ failure and died from a heart attack.

    "Somebody said Praveen collapsed," she said.

    "He was brought to the lobby. He was vomiting there. He couldn't walk. After about half an hour we all went home."

    Praveen Halappanavar previously told an inquest that his Hindu wife asked for a termination three times before she finally delivered her dead baby daughter four days earlier.

    Consultant obstetrician Katherine Astbury has denied his claims that she refused a termination on the grounds that it is "a Catholic country".

    Vasealli spent the day with Halappanavar on the Tuesday before her death.

    Vasealli said in her statement which was read in the court: "Savita was very upset again because the fetal heartbeat was still there. She cried, saying 'What kind of mother am I waiting for my own baby to stop its heartbeat? I'm losing it, I'm losing it terribly'."

    She told coroner Ciaran MacLoughlin that her friend cried continuously as a midwife checked again for a heartbeat between 11.30am and noon.

    "We both, Savita and I, asked if there was a possibility of saving the baby because there was still a heartbeat after three days," she said.

    "Savita said 'Can you please save it. If you can't do something to stop the fetal heartbeat, I can't take this waiting for the baby to die'."

    The court was adjourned while barristers for the hospital attempted to identify the staff member by her description and the roster.

    Declan Buckley, senior counsel, said the "best guess" the hospital can make is that the woman was clinical midwife manager Ann Maria Burke whose statement makes no reference to the allegation.

    The coroner ordered that Burke be added to the list of witnesses to be called.

    Halappanavar carried the baby until the Wednesday but by that night she was in critical condition in intensive care, where she died the following Sunday from septicaemia.

    Earlier family friend Rupanjali Kundu, a senior house officer in obstetrics at the hospital, said she visited Halappanavar on the Monday and Wednesday when she noticed a significant change in her health.

    "She was lying on the bed and she was unable to speak that much," she said.

    "She looked really ill. It was a significant change."

    The inquest continues.

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/w...on-in-ireland/

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    God bless that nurse for making the right decision.
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    Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Sanctity of life my ass.

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    Catholic hospitals and their policies...
    A good friend of mine was beaten and raped and the nearest hospital was a Catholic facility. They refused to give her the pregnancy prevention pills so she refused treatment and left to go to another hospital. Even though no care was given, she didn't make it past triage after she learned she could possibly be 'blessed' with a rape baby if she stayed, they are still trying to bill her for a full er visit. They've sent it to collection and are attempting to ruin her credit, cuz that's what Jesus would do, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AxeManiac View Post
    Catholic hospitals and their policies...
    A good friend of mine was beaten and raped and the nearest hospital was a Catholic facility. They refused to give her the pregnancy prevention pills so she refused treatment and left to go to another hospital. Even though no care was given, she didn't make it past triage after she learned she could possibly be 'blessed' with a rape baby if she stayed, they are still trying to bill her for a full er visit. They've sent it to collection and are attempting to ruin her credit, cuz that's what Jesus would do, right?
    fucking bullshit, man. just gets under my skin and pisses me off.

    so happy that a judge recently decided emergency contraception should be over the counter to EVERYONE. hail satan.

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    What the fuck? Any religion that is going to try to tell me what I can and can't do with my body can fuck off. Ridiculous.

    I second Emmie's hail satan.
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    She transitioned from a stupid asshole to a dumb bitch.

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    As soon as I read that thread title it reminded me of my trip to visit a friend in Ireland who was 7 mths pregnant. We'd been friends for years in Sydney, but her visa ran out & she had to go home.She took us straight to her local pub where she had to sit it out while we drowned our jetlag & I'm going to blame the alcohol for the seriously stupid conversation that followed.

    We got to talking & someone said "well show us the pics then, you must've had 50 ultrasounds by now". She says, no I didn't get round to having it. This causes us drunken know-all Aussie girls to give her a good talking to on the importance of proper pre-natal care. She took it pretty well til I got frustrated with what I stupidly mistook for a casual attitude & said "but fucking hell, girl! what if there's something really wrong with the baby?" She responded with "umm yeaaaah, it's too fucking bad if there IS something wrong with the baby ya fucken eejit - this is Ireland!?? It wouldn't make any difference if I had a condition that might kill me. No-one I know here gets ultrasounds. What's the point. There's NOTHING you can do. You guys take terminations for granted but it's another world here."

    That was almost 15yrs ago & her baby was fine, but I'm still occasionally stunned that I managed to forget my Irish friend would be subject to the Irish medical system & laws when she went back home. It's one thing reading about it, it's another altogether seeing it affecting someone you care about. & she was right, access to termination is taken totally for granted in Australia. I hope they make some changes over there. The stories the media pick up are just the tip of the iceberg. Women & girls shouldn't be dying preventable deaths.

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