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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:40 PM

senseless death of irish woman exposes grim reality for women


Senseless Death of Irish Woman Exposes Grim Reality for Women
by Jennifer Hough



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Savita was reportedly told by doctors that they could not carry out the termination until the fetal heart had stopped because ďthis is a Catholic country.Ē This sound bite has been beamed around the world, and itís a good one, but it doesnít ring true.
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Really, thereís a very simple reason why Savita died. Itís because she wasnít listened to. She knew how sick she was, and begged doctors to remove the unviable fetus. They didnít listen to her clearly expressed wishes, didnít respect, what in hindsight, was her plea for life.
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So, the doctors could have acted. They chose not to, they didnít listen, instead carrying on their paternalistic pursuit of what they believed was best, or perhaps so as not to put their own necks on the line. This is not a new narrative, and itís why Savitaís story should transcend the emotive abortion debate and stand as an acknowledgment of all the women who regularly are not listened to when it comes to decisions about their own bodies. Every
day women are not treated, consulted, or taken seriously. Young girls are forced into marriages, to have babies they donít want; women die due to a lack of basic health care.

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Whatís really becoming clear in this modern age is that women are sick and tired of the power that legislators, lobby groups, religious zealots, and indeed the culture of medical paternalism, exercise over their bodies.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:45 PM

1. My blame would go to useless Religious belief. Ireland has a catholic religion, and thus have

 

archaic laws that govern the taking of life, no matter what!

This shit needs to change, world wide in the best interest of life.

Many Countries (or in the case of the US in particular) don't mind taking life in the case of Capital punishment, so why on earth would they think that abortion (or a women's right to choose) would be anymore offensive?

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Response to teddy51 (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:39 PM

2. They Value the life of the Fetus Infinitely More than the life of its Mother

That is, and always has been, the official Catholic dogma.

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Response to AndyTiedye (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:58 PM

3. the church's view of women, and the stand on contraception, were amoung the reasons I left, a

decision that has, alas, been confirmed over and over again these many years.

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