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Parents slam Irish abortion laws after woman dies

By Associated Press


NEW DELHI (AP) — The parents of an Indian woman who suffered a miscarriage and died after being refused an abortion in an Irish hospital have slammed Ireland's abortion laws.

Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she miscarried and died last month.

Ireland's government confirmed Wednesday that Halappanavar suffered from blood poisoning and died after being denied an abortion, reigniting the debate over legalizing abortion in the predominantly Catholic country.

A. Mahadevi, Halappanavar's mother, said Thursday that in trying to save a 4-month-old fetus doctors killed her 31-year-old daughter.

Halappanavar's husband, Praveen, said doctors knew his wife was miscarrying within hours of her hospitalization for severe pain Oct. 21. But he said for three days they refused requests for an abortion to combat her pain and fading health. She died a week later.

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EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Ridiculous. This is why Hawaii's best governor, the truly honorable John A. Burns, a dyed in the wool Catholic who went to mass every day, allowed abortions to become legal in Hawaii ahead of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. Abortions are truly a matter of public health and safety. Let us not let religious dogma interfere with modern medicine and the health and safety of humans.
on November 15,2012 | 02:12AM
Grimbold wrote:
Burns acted against the POPE. No religion at all would be better. Abortions are bad, just like casual sex. But having to carry out unwanted children is worse.
on November 15,2012 | 02:48AM
HollyJHuber wrote:
Religion is the scourge of humanity.
on November 15,2012 | 05:25AM
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