Personhood USA: Irish Times reporter admits there is no abortion request from Savita on hospital record

Dec 03, 2012, 12:10 ET from Personhood USA

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a radio interview on Ireland's "Coleman at Large"*, Irish Times reporter Kitty Holland confessed that the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar may not have been influenced by Ireland's abortion laws.

Holland, the daughter of two noted abortion activists according to, confirmed that the hospital record does not show any request for an abortion.

After publishing the article "Woman 'denied a termination' dies in hospital", Holland backpedaled "I can't tell for certain -- who knows what will come out in that inquiry? They may come back and say… there was no request for termination..."

Radio host Coleman found discrepancies in the timeline reported by Holland and the Irish times. Holland claimed that her article was based on an interview of Savita's husband, and that his recollection "may be a little muddled."

"It is shameful that the small faction of abortion fanatics in Ireland have tried to exploit the tragic deaths of Savita and her child to further their cause," stated Josh Craddock, Personhood USA's United Nations Liaison. "The damage by the Irish Times article by Kitty Holland has been done, and there are dire consequences – the extremist abortion groups of Ireland are now pushing legislation for unrestricted abortion on demand, against the will of the people."

Physicians worldwide agree that even if an abortion had been requested, Savita's life could not have been saved by the dangerous procedure. India's well-respected Dr. Divakar was quoted by The Hindu, stating: "Based on information in the media, in that situation of septicaemia, if the doctors had meddled with the live baby, Savita would have died two days earlier."

Abortion is illegal in Ireland, and doctors there are required to intervene to save a mother whose life is at risk. Ireland has among the world's lowest maternal mortality rates.

"Ireland is the safest place in the world to have a baby," added Jennifer Mason, Personhood USA spokesperson. "While the world mourns the death of this young mother and her child, we must be responsible to research the facts. Sensationalist stories printed by the Irish Times have caused widespread panic, and our only recourse is to review the facts and look to more accurate sources for information in the future."

*audio recording is 33 minutes into Part 1 of Wednesday's program

SOURCE Personhood USA