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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:13 PM

irish government may face european court for abortion death



Irish Government May Face European Court for Abortion Death

On Thursday, Praveen Halappanavar announced that he will take the Irish government to the European Court of Human Relations over his wife's death after she was denied an abortion last month.

According to Gerard O'Donnell, Halappanavar's lawyer, Halappanavar believes the government did not investigate Savita Halappanavar's death in October sufficiently. As a result, he plans to challenge the government under article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which states that "Everyone's right to life shall be protected by law."

Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland after she was denied an abortion while miscarrying her pregnancy. She was 17 weeks pregnant when she arrived at University Hospital Galway complaining of severe back pain. Hospital staff determined she was miscarrying, however doctors refused to remove the pregnancy until three days later after the fetal heartbeat had stopped. After the pregnancy was removed, Savita was transferred to intensive care where she died three days later of what was determined to be septicaemia (similar to blood poisoning). During the days before her death, Halappanavar begged to have the pregnancy terminated, but was told she was in "a Catholic country."

Her death has made international headlines and increased external and internal pressure for reforming Ireland's abortion ban. The government has launched two investigations into Halappanavar's death, however both were private investigations and have not satisfied Praveen Halappanavar or Savita's family, according to CNN.

http://www.msmagazine.com/news/uswirestory.asp?ID=14010

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Reply irish government may face european court for abortion death (Original post)
niyad Dec 2012 OP
alittlelark Dec 2012 #1
freshwest Dec 2012 #2
sheshe2 Dec 2012 #3
pnwmom Dec 2012 #4
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #5
smirkymonkey Dec 2012 #6
AnotherDreamWeaver Dec 2012 #7
Zoeisright Dec 2012 #8
Hekate Dec 2012 #9
sheshe2 Dec 2012 #11
BainsBane Dec 2012 #10
LeftInTX Dec 2012 #12
niyad Dec 2012 #13
one_voice Dec 2012 #14

Response to niyad (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:19 PM

1. 50% Irish and 100% disgusted.

I hope her husband can elicit changes in their archaic laws.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:19 PM

2. I hope he gets some justice for the agonizing death of his wife to satisfy the faux 'pro-lifers.'

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:37 PM

3. Justice for Savita and her family!

This is barbaric!

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:50 PM

4. Good. n/t

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:51 PM

5. K&R!

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:14 AM

6. K&R!

I hope that Savita's family gets justice.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:21 AM

7. also Irish and also disgusted... nt

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:25 AM

8. Good. Hope they rot in prison.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:29 AM

9. Of Irish descent -- and appalled

"This is a Catholic country -- so die already, useless woman. How dare you even think of trying to save your own life?" For shame, Ireland, for shame.

I hope this will be the last scandal of its kind in Ireland, because it surely is not the first. I hope that Savita will be avenged, and no more women murdered in this fashion.

Edited to add: Lest we forget, we have like-minded politicians in the US. Ignorant pigs who believe that "No woman's life is ever threatened by a pregnancy."

Hekate

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Response to Hekate (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:59 AM

11. Hekate

They make us cry and they let us die!

So very sad.

She

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:54 AM

10. Three days after the heartbeat stopped

They didn't need to perform an abortion. The fetus was already dead. They just needed to remove it from her body. This is even worse than I realized.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:15 AM

12. I know where is the justice here?

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:14 AM

13. . . .

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:40 PM

14. Good.

I hope her husband and her family are able to get some justice and maybe even change some of these archaic laws.

K&R

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