(Image Source: Irish Times)

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE

 

Health officials in Ireland are investigating a hospital following the death of a 31-year-old woman after she was denied an abortion. The BBC has more.

 

“Savita Halappanavar died from suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia. Savita … asked several times for her pregnancy to be terminated because she had severe back pain and was miscarrying.”

 

The Guardian reports Savita eventually lost the baby naturally. But it was too late — as she had blood poisoning, and she died within a week.

 

Her husband Praveen has claimed the medical staff told him termination was not possible because Ireland is a Catholic country. But the Herald reports there are reform health laws allowing abortion if a mother’s life is in danger.

 

And this has caused backlash against the government. One protester told the Herald,

 

“A woman has died because [the] Hospital refused to perform an abortion needed to prevent serious risk to her life. This is a situation we were told would never arise. An unviable foetus … was given priority over the woman's life, who unfortunately and predictably … died.”

 

And the Independent reports, while maternal death is extremely rare in Ireland, this comes just a month after two mothers died in childbirth at a hospital in Dublin within two days of each other.

 

The investigation will look into whether having an abortion at an early stage would have actually saved her life.

 

Woman Dies After Refused Abortion Request

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Nov 14, 2012

Woman Dies After Refused Abortion Request

(Image Source: Irish Times)

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE

 

Health officials in Ireland are investigating a hospital following the death of a 31-year-old woman after she was denied an abortion. The BBC has more.

 

“Savita Halappanavar died from suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia. Savita … asked several times for her pregnancy to be terminated because she had severe back pain and was miscarrying.”

 

The Guardian reports Savita eventually lost the baby naturally. But it was too late — as she had blood poisoning, and she died within a week.

 

Her husband Praveen has claimed the medical staff told him termination was not possible because Ireland is a Catholic country. But the Herald reports there are reform health laws allowing abortion if a mother’s life is in danger.

 

And this has caused backlash against the government. One protester told the Herald,

 

“A woman has died because [the] Hospital refused to perform an abortion needed to prevent serious risk to her life. This is a situation we were told would never arise. An unviable foetus … was given priority over the woman's life, who unfortunately and predictably … died.”

 

And the Independent reports, while maternal death is extremely rare in Ireland, this comes just a month after two mothers died in childbirth at a hospital in Dublin within two days of each other.

 

The investigation will look into whether having an abortion at an early stage would have actually saved her life.

 

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