Ireland Doctors Required to Save Mother's Life, notes Personhood USA

Nov 16, 2012, 15:53 ET from Personhood USA

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The tragic death of a woman in Ireland has been categorized and misreported as a result of Ireland's ban on abortions, according to several media reports.

Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist, was 17 weeks pregnant when she went to University Hospital Galway for severe back pain. According to the Irish Times, she was found to be miscarrying on October 21st and died a week later of sepsis.

Abortion advocates have widely commented on the story, claiming that the woman's death is due to the fact that she could not have an abortion at the hospital where she was being treated for a late miscarriage.  Although there is no indication that an abortion would have saved her life, Irish organizations in favor of abortion have begun organizing protests and demonstrations.

"Our hearts go out to the family of Mrs. Halappanavar," stated Jennifer Mason, spokesperson for Personhood USA. "Although the medical investigation has not yet been completed, we do know for certain that in Ireland, doctors are always to intervene to save the life of the mother, and their Medical Council's guidelines go so far as to say that doctors who do not do so will be fired. As we await the results of the medical investigation, we can only pray for Savita Halappanavar's family, and pray that the misinformation will not be spread further."

"An intentional killing of this baby through abortion would not have saved the mother's life, and for abortion advocates in Ireland to propose this without evidence is an intrusive offense to this grieving family," explained American Dr. Patrick Johnston. "Abortion advocates treat the loss of this beloved baby like property to be discarded; it is shameful."

Youth Defence, Ireland's most outspoken and visible prolife organization, has released a statement of condolences and a reminder that Ireland is one of the safest places to have a baby, according to the United Nations, joining several other abortion-free countries with the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world.

"It is very sad to see abortion campaigners rush to exploit this case to further their own agenda," concluded Niamh Uí Bhriain. "The tragic loss of Savita Halappanavar's life was not caused by Ireland's ban on abortion. We need to ensure that mothers and babies are best protected; and abortion is not part of best medical practise. It is medieval medicine."

SOURCE Personhood USA