The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
European Tribune - Would an abortion have saved Savita Halappanavar?
It might also have been possible to accelerate the process by inducing an earlier delivery.
I don't know if this was considered, and if so why that option was rejected. Presumably her medical records will shed some light on this. Given that miscarriage is basically premature childbirth triggered if there is some malfunction - I'm not sure if it is known precisely why or how - but which is a naturally occurring end to many pregnancies, perhaps the medical team felt - at the time - there was no need to accelerate the process, or that it was proceeding normally and naturally and with no excessive risk to the mother.
I share your view that this is a somewhat far fetched scenario given that, reportedly, her membrane had ruptured, and that this posed a significant risk of infection. I do know that many successful child-births can take a long time and that induction is often used to accelerate the process, so the suspicion has to be that this was not done here because it was known the foetus was unviable and so that an induction at that time could be construed as an abortion.
However the Catholic Church has often used the somewhat Jesuitical distinction between a treatment intended directly to abort a foetus, and a treatment required by the mother and which has the "side-effect" of aborting the foetus, and so it seems to me the medical team where not "theologically" precluded from pursuing this option. However the failure of the Irish Parliament to legislate to provide greater clarity as to what is and is not legally allowed under the current Constitution may have contributed to uncertainty and procrastination on their part.
Presumably the inquiry team will question them precisely on this point.
Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 21 63 comments
by afew - Jul 21 14 comments
by gmoke - Jul 21 4 comments
by Migeru - Jul 17 54 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 16 61 comments
by Oui - Jul 19 4 comments
by DoDo - Jun 12 29 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 30 55 comments
by Oui - Jul 232 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 2163 comments
by gmoke - Jul 214 comments
by afew - Jul 2114 comments
by Oui - Jul 194 comments
by Migeru - Jul 1754 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 1661 comments
by Oui - Jul 623 comments
by Oui - Jul 41 comment
by afew - Jul 248 comments
by gmoke - Jul 15 comments
by Oui - Jul 17 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 3055 comments
by gmoke - Jun 2813 comments
by Oui - Jun 251 comment
by ceebs - Jun 244 comments
by Oui - Jun 241 comment
by DoDo - Jun 236 comments
by DoDo - Jun 1229 comments