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Wow what a horrible religion!
Savita Halappanavar, 31 years old and 17 weeks pregnant, presented with back pain at Ireland's University Hospital Galway on October 21st, and was found to be miscarrying.
Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar, 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".
Beatriz is almost 23 weeks pregnant. She has lupus, an auto-immune disease which causes the body's immune system to attack its own tissue. Her condition is deteriorating and her doctors say she is at "high risk of death" if the pregnancy continues.
Medics have recommended an abortion in order to save her life, but cannot proceed amid fear of prosecution. El Salvador is one of three Latin American countries where abortion is illegal in all circumstances - punishable with up to 30 years in prison. I want to live, to protect and raise my son. Beatriz Yet in this case, the foetus is unviable. Several scans have revealed that it is anencephalic - missing a large part of the brain and skull. Almost all babies with anencephaly die before birth, or within a few hours or days after birth. It has no chance of surviving into infancy, experts say.
Marta Maria Blandon is the regional director of the international abortion rights organisation IPAS. "It was a political manoeuvre in an electoral context, trying to secure votes from conservative groups by showing unconditional support for the Catholic Church".
Yesterday El Salvador’s Supreme Court ruled against allowing a 22-year-old mother to have an abortion that would save her life and terminate the pregnancy of the fetus she has growing inside her. Read more: www.mommyish.com...
in Nicaragua, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Chile, abortion is entirely prohibited, even in the case of rape and incest, and in cases where it can save the woman’s life.
An article in The Guardian reported the extreme stances taken by these countries and the consequences they’ve had on the women who live there. Women have been denied cancer treatment because they were pregnant (in one case, a woman delivered a malformed baby and then died 17 months later) or have been forced to give birth as young as 11-years old.
“Catholics’ position on this is clear, and unchangeable. One needs to protect every person’s life from conception to natural death,”