What Really Happened to Savita?
[Photo credit: IndiaTimes.com. In the wake of the Irish referendum, which has failed to protect human life, abortion advocates are still using tragic hard cases to justify their position. Savita Halappanavar’s death was one such case. Dave Pellowe put together this concise summary after his interview with the abortionist, Leah Torres, and it’s a useful reference to bookmark. The text of Dave’s talk is reproduced below the video, And please check out the very informative links below the full interview with Dr. Torres. – Kathy]
“This is one part where I had to let Leah get away with statements that were factually wrong. I simply wasn’t familiar enough with this case that is nearly five years old. So I’m taking the opportunity here to correct the record, and of course the conversation can continue in comments or articles and videos in response.
Savita presented a week earlier with severe back pain. She was miscarrying. The miscarriage continued for three more days during which time she developed severe sepsis. The coroner’s court concluded Savita’s death was specifically due to sepsis, e-coli and miscarriage. You can’t abort an inevitable miscarriage. The baby was already, tragically dead or dying. There was no direct abortion denied, and therefore it could not be the cause of her death, which didn’t stop pro-abortion-choice activists rushing to exploit the tragic events for fake news.
There is a huge moral difference between direct and indirect abortion.
Direct abortion is where the primary intention is to terminate the life of the child. Indirect abortion is where after every effort is made to find solutions and interventions that preserve the lives of both the mother and the child, the life of the child is unable to be saved whilst saving the mother. Three separate inquiries into her death found that Savita died of sepsis – an infection of the blood caused by an extremely virulent bacteria, Ecoli ESBL – NOT the pregnancy itself.
The Health Service Executive enquiry also found that the bacteria was also the most likely cause of Savita’s miscarriage. The inquiries found that Savita’s case had been medically mismanaged in the hospital, with the Health Information and Quality Authority inquiry pointing to 13 missed opportunities to save her life – not the singular lack of a direct abortion, although at least one person gave evidence to the contrary.
According to the United Nations, Ireland is one of the safest places in the world for a woman to be pregnant. Their maternal mortality rate – the rate of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth – is very low. Clearly, if abortion was required to save women’s lives, that would not be the case. A major government hearing in 2013 heard from senior Irish Obstetricians, who, when asked if they were aware of instances where there had been “needless maternal deaths” because of Ireland’s ban on abortion, confirmed that they did not know of ANY situation where a woman had lost her life in Ireland because she was denied life-saving treatment when required.
A link to the clear and factual accounts of this case including the inquiries is included in the notes for this video’s post in my website, DavePellowe.com.”
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