THIS IS what “pro life” means to the religious right in America, too. When represented by a “personhood” abomination it is fully delivered, something to keep in mind as Paul Ryan tries to amass power for 2016. Until right wing Republicans in this country understand this they deserve to lose the women’s vote. What happened in Galway represents a warning to what could happen here if the Ryan wing of the right gets in power. Yes, it can happen, because it just did.
But in the case in Ireland that killed a woman, because of a hospital’s Catholicism meant more than a woman’s life, what we’re seeing is what the religious believe a woman’s life is actually worth.
The people in charge of the University Hospital Galway in Ireland who made this decision should be tried for murder and made an example.
Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hospital on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying, and died of septicaemia a week later.
Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar (34), an engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, says she asked several times over a three-day period that the pregnancy be terminated. He says that, having been told she was miscarrying, and after one day in severe pain, Ms Halappanavar asked for a medical termination.
This was refused, he says, because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told, “this is a Catholic country”.
She spent a further 2½ days “in agony” until the foetal heartbeat stopped.
The religious who demand fealty to an organized group over the life of the woman are not “pro life” at all. In fact, they make a mockery of the meaning of life itself.
“Pro life” has always been a marketing term used to make liberals feel guilty.
You can’t be “pro life” and allow a woman to die when it’s in your power to save her. If you willingly choose to let her suffer, then die, it’s called murder.