An abortion would not have saved the life of Savita Halappanavar. Not one of the three official investigations into her death came to the conclusion that abortion was the appropriate treatment for her infection. Her death was disgracefully used as a political football which created much hysteria, thereby putting the lives of women at further risk through failure to contemplate what actually happened and take the appropriate steps to reduce the risk of such cases happening again.
Six women die in the UK on average every year from direct or genital tract sepsis. This happens despite abortion being available on demand and it is not used by British medics to try and save the lives of these women. Why? Because abortion is not the appropriate treatment for an infection. Even if the baby was aborted, the infection would remain and if it was a “super bug” like the one which infected Savita’s womb, the outcome would have been the same.
In 2013, 11 senior medics took the trouble to publically criticise Dr. Boylan for his opinion which is not based on medical science, medical knowledge or indeed plain old fashioned reason. “it is impossible for Dr. Boylan, or for any doctor, to predict with certainty the clinical course and outcome in the case of Savita Halappanavar where sepsis arose from the virulent and multi drug-resistant organism, E.coli ESBL.”
“Ireland’s maternal health record is one of the best in the world in terms of our low rate of maternal death (including Galway hospital). The case in Galway was one of the worst cases of sepsis ever experienced in that hospital, and the diagnosis of ESBL septicaemia was almost unprecedented amongst Irish maternity units.”
Is the current tidal wave of ignorance afflicting the country due to decades of poor educational standards or is it that the Irish are just no good at using science, reason or logic, preferring to still believe in fairy tales.
(Note: posting now that the shouting is almost over and not wanting to be accused of trying to influence anybody’s vote its time that the Irish faced reality and this disgraceful behaviour is put to an end.)