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    Tomorrow's Irish Times is reporting that a woman died, having been refused a termination while having a miscarriage.

    17 weeks pregnant, she was denied the termination, while herself and husband were told "this is a Catholic country".

    Newspaper not yet available - as reported on RTE's Late Debate.

    Edit: I understand the lady succumbed to septicemia.

    Edit: Termination apparently declined because a faint foetal heartbeat could be detected.

    More to follow.

    UPDATED at 00:30, 14 November -

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...326575203.html

    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 2 days “in agony” until the foetal heartbeat stopped.

    The dead foetus was removed and Savita was taken to the high dependency unit and then the intensive care unit, where she died of septicaemia on the 28th.
    “The doctor told us the cervix was fully dilated, amniotic fluid was leaking and unfortunately the baby wouldn’t survive.” The doctor, he says, said it should be over in a few hours. There followed three days, he says, of the foetal heartbeat being checked several times a day.

    “Savita was really in agony. She was very upset, but she accepted she was losing the baby. When the consultant came on the ward rounds on Monday morning Savita asked if they could not save the baby could they induce to end the pregnancy. The consultant said, ‘As long as there is a foetal heartbeat we can’t do anything’.

    “Again on Tuesday morning, the ward rounds and the same discussion. The consultant said it was the law, that this is a Catholic country. Savita [a Hindu] said: ‘I am neither Irish nor Catholic’ but they said there was nothing they could do.
    May both rest in peace.

    Updated at 01:08 to include an interview with Praveen Halappanavar, husband of Savita Halappanavar:

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...4.html?via=rel

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoutingIsLeadership View Post
    Tomorrow's Irish Times is reporting that a woman died, having been refused a termination while having a miscarriage.

    17 weeks pregnant, she was denied the termination, while herself and husband were told "this is a Catholic country".

    Newspaper not yet available - as reported on RTE's Late Debate.

    More to follow.
    Sounds far fetched, but we'll wait to see the story.

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    Oh boy...
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

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    The Irish Times have an agenda. I would wait and see, particularly I would wait for a source on this other than the Irish Times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoutingIsLeadership View Post
    Tomorrow's Irish Times is reporting that a woman died, having been refused a termination while having a miscarriage.

    17 weeks pregnant, she was denied the termination, while herself and husband were told "this is a Catholic country".

    Newspaper not yet available - as reported on RTE's Late Debate.

    Edit: I understand the lady succumbed to septicemia.

    More to follow.
    Did a Doctor tell them this?
    Stand there in silence, look up to the sky and remember how brave they were.

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    OP should have waited until more facts are available before posting.

    This is an emotive issue and is not helped by unclear and uninformative posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoutingIsLeadership View Post
    Tomorrow's Irish Times is reporting that a woman died, having been refused a termination while having a miscarriage.

    17 weeks pregnant, she was denied the termination, while herself and husband were told "this is a Catholic country".

    Newspaper not yet available - as reported on RTE's Late Debate.

    Edit: I understand the lady succumbed to septicemia.

    More to follow.
    It remains to be seen how exactly she died and whether the lack of an abortion was the cause

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