Tag Archive: Savita Halappanavar

Apr 07 2014

Firmly prohibited in Catholic hospitals

This again. The Savita Halappanavar scenario, in the US, in a Catholic hospital. It happens a lot but it seldom gets reported on. This one got reported on because the woman is a nurse. Most women this happens to aren’t nurses or doctors. Jennifer had been experiencing heavy vaginal bleeding for over a week when …

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Jan 31 2014

Just say no

I guess the Alabama legislature took a look at what happened to Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway, and liked what they saw. They want that to happen to Alabama women too. From the ACLU blog: All miscarriages can be devastating. But, for women in Alabama, this nightmare could soon get a lot worse. This …

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Dec 09 2013

Don’t look behind the curtain

I’ve been arguing with someone on Atheist Ireland’s Facebook page, on a thread I started with a post about the ACLU/Means lawsuit against the bishops. My arguee has been claiming Savita Halappanavar’s death had nothing to do with abortion, and I’ve been saying it did too so. Her latest reply pointed out that “that was …

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Dec 03 2013


Yesssssssssss. It’s about fucking time. USA Today: Woman sues over Catholic hospitals’ abortion rule DETROIT — A Michigan woman is taking on the nation’s Catholic hospitals in federal court, alleging they are forcing pregnant women in crisis into having painful miscarriages rather than terminate the pregnancy — and not giving them any options. The Muskegon …

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Apr 21 2013

Where else are women denied an input into their care?

A talk show on RTE today, Marian Finucane, featured Dr Peter Boylan, the expert witness at the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar, and Breda O’Brien, Irish Times columnist and patron of the Iona Institute. The Iona Institute is a reactionary Catholic group. Broadsheet.ie has already done a transcript, which is helpful. Boylan said something quite …

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Apr 17 2013

Savita Halappanavar would probably be alive now if she had had that termination

That’s what Dr Peter Boylan, the former master of Ireland’s National Maternity Hospital, told the inquest today. Dr Peter Boylan said that if Ms Halappanavar had been given a termination on the Monday or Tuesday, one or two days after she was admitted last October 21st, she would “on the balance of probabilities”, still be alive. “It is highly …

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Apr 11 2013

Wait until the woman is on the edge of death

Let’s look at a little more… Some Catholic hospitals, contrary to the opinion of leading Catholic ethicists and theologians, apply the Directives to prohibit doctors from providing any treatment to a woman having a miscarriage if there are still fetal heart tones, even when a doctor has determined that nothing can be done to save …

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Apr 10 2013

Wednesday at the inquest

Fergal Bowers reporting for RTE, again. The consulting obstetrician said there were system failures. Dr Katherine Astbury said Mrs Halappanavar’s clinical signs were not checked every four hours after her membranes ruptured, which was a breach of hospital policy. She told the inquest that when Mrs Halappanavar requested a termination from her on the morning …

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Apr 09 2013

Tuesday at the inquest

Fergal Bowers reports for RTE. A midwife who was working on the ward where Savita Halappanavar was being treated has given evidence at the inquest into her death. Miriam Dunleavy told the Coroner’s Court in Galway that entries were put into Mrs Halappanavar’s medical notes by the hospital’s internal investigation. Coroner Dr Ciaran McLoughlin raised …

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Apr 08 2013

No threat to Savita’s life

And there’s RTE’s account. Praveen Halappanavar said they asked for a termination three times over two days. The inquest has been told that the evidence from Dr Astbury will be that there was only one discussion about a termination of pregnancy and it was on Tuesday 23 October. Dr Astbury says a termination was not …

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