In a move unthinkable even a few years ago, the Irish government is set to introduce legislation permitting abortions in limited circumstances.
The decision follows pressure from the European court of human rights, which ruled that abortions should be allowed in the republic in cases where a woman’s life was at risk, reports the Guardian.
The abortion ban gained attention last month after an Indian woman, Savita Halappanavar, died in Galway university hospital during a miscarriage after she and her husband had repeatedly asked for a termination of her 19-week-old pregnancy.
Her husband, Praveen, alleged that medical staff told them “this is a Catholic country” and that they would not carry out the termination
More from the Guardian here.
I’m beyond fucking angry. Tomorrow: https://www.facebook.com/events/306835169430369/
“For Release: Woman Dies in UCHG after Being Denied a Life-Saving Abortion. On Sunday the 28th of October, Savita Praveen died at UCHG after being denied a termination which would most likely have saved her life. She was 31 years old, married for four years and hoping to start a family.
If legislation is not introduced immediately, more women will die. Under the X Case ruling, women in Ireland are legally entitled to an abortion when it is necessary to save their life. However, legislation has never been passed to reflect this. It is the failure of successive governments to do so that led to Savita’s death.
Savita was first admitted to the hospital on October 21st complaining of severe back pain. Her doctor initially told her that she would be fine, but she refused to go home. It became clear that her waters had broken, and she was having a miscarriage (spontaneous abortion). She was told that the foetus had no chance of survival, and it would all be over within a few hours.
However, her condition did not take its expected course, and the foetus remained inside her body. Although it was evident that it could not survive, a foetal heartbeat was detected. For this reason her repeated requests to remove the foetus were denied. By Tuesday it was clear that her condition was deteriorating. She had developed a fever, and collapsed when attempting to walk. The cervix had now been fully open for nearly 72 hours, creating a danger of infection comparable to an untreated open head wound. She developed septicaemia.
Despite this, the foetus was not removed until Wednesday afternoon, after the foetal heartbeat had stopped. Immediately after the procedure she was taken to the high dependency unit. Her condition never improved. She died at 1.09am on Sunday the 28th of October.
Had the foetus been removed when it became clear that it could not survive, her cervix would have been closed and her chance of infection dramatically reduced. Leaving a woman’s cervix open constitutes a clear risk to her life. What is unclear is how doctors are expected to act in this situation.
Rachel Donnelly, Galway Pro-Choice spokesperson stated:“This was an obstetric emergency which should have been dealt with in a routine manner. Yet Irish doctors are restrained from making obvious medical decisions by a fear of potentially severe consequences. As the European Court of Human Rights ruled, as long as the 1861 Act remains in place, alongside a complete political unwillingness to touch the issue, pregnant women will continue to be unsafe in this country.”
Sarah McCarthy, Galway Pro-Choice member said:
“Galway Pro-Choice believes that Ireland must legislate for freely available abortion for all women. Deaths like Savita’s are the most severe consequence of the criminalisation of abortion, yet it has countless adverse effects. We must reflect long and hard on the implications of Savita’s tragic and untimely passing, and we must act to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.”
For more information please contact Galway Pro-Choice on 087 706 0715 or Sarah McCarthy on 085 7477 907”Savita Halappanavar was repeatedly told “this is a catholic country.”
Say something, you cowardly fucks. Say something about Savita Halappanavar, the woman who had a wanted pregnancy… wanted pregnancy… WANTED PREGNANCY… and needed a LIFE-SAVING ABORTION, and because she was denied that abortion, she DIED.
Where is your pro-life mentality, now? Huh? Got nothing to say? You’re not so pro-life anymore? Now there’s two deaths instead of what could have been one, the death of a non-sentient fetus that was doomed to die anyway through miscarriage… and the blood is on YOUR hands. You may not have been there in person, you may not have been the one to tell her “no”, but your bullshit support for your bullshit cause adds fuel to the bullshit fire.
And FYI, she’s not the first, and if your fetus “love-affair” continues, she won’t be the last.
I hope you’re happy.
And by happy, I mean fucking miserable.
As you may have heard, congressman and senate candidate Todd Akin said some incredibly ignorant things about rape and pregnancy today. Basically he said that you can’t get pregnant as the result of rape, or at least not “legitimate rape”. As shocking as this may seem, it’s nothing new from the anti-abortion movement. Statements like this have been going on for years now.
Anna North at Buzzfeed notes 6 instances of this myth being used by abortion opponents in the past, usually to dismiss questions about rape exceptions in abortion bans. Not including this one.
They do this because the rape exception question scares them. They don’t want to answer to people asking them to explain their reasoning to force an already-violated person to continue a pregnancy they didn’t even consent to risking, so they look for ways to dismiss that scenario completely. So they cling to this myth because they either believe or want to believe it, or because it’s already a well-established lie.
Rape exceptions are a tough question for abortion opponents because they’re forced into admitting that they either don’t care about pregnant people or they don’t actually care about the fetus. I don’t know why they bother, because rape exceptions are almost never granted anyway.
Lifers, if you really think that the rights of a fetus come before the rights of a pregnant person no matter what, then just say so. At least your heartless “oh well!” attitude is honest and logically consistent.
As for the choice of words “legitimate rape”, well, it’s no surprise when you consider the fact that Akin was a co-sponsor of the bill that would have changed the requirements for rape victims seeking Medicaid assistance for abortion funds to “forcible rape”. The implication is that unless violent force was used, the person wasn’t “really” raped and shoulders at least some responsibility for their having been violated. Basically, if they can find some way to blame you (“she shouldn’t have drank so much and passed out, she should have fought back…”), they’ll say that your rape wasn’t real and doesn’t count and you aren’t worthy of help.
To make matters worse, Todd Akin also supports a complete ban on emergency contraception, a form of birth control often administered to rape victims which actually is an effective way to prevent pregnancy after a rape.
See, this is why so many women don’t get help if they get raped, socially or from the justice system. Because asshats like this confirm the cultural understanding that it’s only rape if a big scary stranger with a knife in an alley does it, so it doesn’t count if it’s your friend/brother/husband/boyfriend/roommate. This helps that cycle of violence continue.
A pregnant 16-year-old in the Dominican Republic died from complications of leukemia, according to CNN. The young woman was forced to wait nearly three weeks to begin chemotherapy to treat her disease as hospital officials initially refused to treat her fearing it could terminate her pregnancy. In the end she lost her life and the pregnancy, and may have died because of the delay in her treatment.
Under an amendment to the Dominican Republic’s constitution which declares that “life begins at conception,” abortion is banned, effectively for any reason. The girl’s leukemia was diagnosed when she was just nine weeks pregnant.
Dominican women’s health advocates told RH Reality Check this afternoon that while the doctors and the state refused to allow the girl treatment for leukemia, they made her undergo “ultrasounds to show that the baby was healthy and for her to see it moving.”
This is fucking horrible, and we could see a lot more headlines like this if the pro-life movement had their way.
What’s so “pro-life” about letting the mother and the fetus die?
“We need to hear from the men, too.
For every single woman who’s ever had an abortion, there’s a man somewhere in the story. For every woman who was able to delay motherhood until a better moment, or improve her existing kids’ chances by not enlarging her brood, or end a pregnancy that was doomed to end in tragedy and pain, there’s also a man out there who is not a father today — or is a better father to the kids he has — because a woman he was involved with had the means to make this decision.
Forty years of feminism notwithstanding, the reality in American politics and culture is that our national discussion around this issue won’t materially change until men understand just how invested they are in this issue — and then stand up with us to insist that our reproductive rights be protected and preserved.”
And that’s kind of the problem: it shouldn’t take male legislators looking out for their own sex’s interest to get us the reproductive rights we deserve. Our right to reproductive freedom isn’t about the fathers. It is in every single instance about those who are pregnant and for whatever reason need/want to not be. It is and can only ever be about our right to bodily autonomy. Anything else only does us a disservice.
Thousands of attempts have been made to hack into the computers of Britain’s largest provider of abortion services, BPAS, the BBC has learned.
Last month, a man was jailed for stealing the details of 10,000 women who had sought advice from BPAS.
In the five weeks since his arrest, 2,500 other attempts have been made to hack into BPAS’s systems.
BPAS said all these hacking attempts had been foiled. It reassured women that their details remained safe.
Legislators have had so much success smuggling in ulterior motives with 20-week bans that they’re now looking for ways to expand the amount of hard right anti-choice nonsense they can attach to those bills. The most recent—-and extreme—-example is Arizona. There, lawmakers are writing a 20-week abortion ban that starts counting off at the first day of a woman’s period. Yes, they’re arguing that you’re “pregnant” while you’re actually getting your period. In fact, as Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones explains, they’re really trying to steal as many weeks as possible away from women seeking abortion.
Both a very large Danish study in 1997 and a 2007 Harvard study, among others, showed “no overall effect” on breast cancer risk for women with a history of induced abortions as well as miscarriages. In a 2003 meeting involving over 100 global experts, researchers agreed that “Induced abortion is not associated with an increase in breast cancer risk.” Furthermore, this is “well established,” making the conclusion highly credible. Sorry, anti-choicers.
[TW: Rape] It wasn’t the first time a lawmaker has suggested that women seeking abortions may lie about rape. Some anti-abortion activists actually believe that rape cannot result in pregnancy. Buzzfeed dug up a series of bizarre statements Republicans have made about pregnancy, rape, juices not flowing and more. Here’s one:
The odds that a woman who is raped will get pregnant are “one in millions and millions and millions,” said state Rep. Stephen Freind, R-Delaware County, the Legislature’s leading abortion foe.
The reason, Freind said, is that the traumatic experience of rape causes a woman to “secrete a certain secretion” that tends to kill sperm.
Two Philadelphia doctors specializing in human reproduction characterized Freind’s contention as scientifically baseless.
Not only are Republicans rejecting actual science, now they’re making up their own.
This bill is incredibly misogynistic because it takes away the reproductive rights. Women might have to resort to going back to back-alley abortions because Virginia has ruled a fetus, not yet sentient from the carrier- a person. the passing of this bill could possibly be the starting point for outlawing abortion in Virginia. Let women have the right to do what they choose with their own bodies. Reverse the Personhood Bill!
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which recently announced that it is ending grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening because of a controversial investigation launched by an anti-abortion Republican congressman, currently funds cancer research at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to the tune of $7.5 million. Like Planned Parenthood, Penn State is currently the subject of a federal government investigation, and like the Planned Parenthood grant, the Penn State grant appears to violate a new internal rule at Komen that bans grants to organizations that are under investigation by federal, state, or local governments. But so far, only the Planned Parenthood grants appear to have been cancelled…
Komen’s founder, Nancy Brinker, is a former Bush administration official who has given almost $200,000 to Republican officials over the years, and Karen Handel, Komen’s top lobbyist, is a pro-life Republican who was elected secretary of state in Georgia. Komen officials have insisted that Brinker and Handel’s right-leaning politics weren’t a factor in the decision to cut off funding, but Goldberg reported that the new grant standards were written as a pretext for denying funds to Planned Parenthood, and that the decision was “driven” by Handel.
I’ve never liked this Race for the Cure BS. They spend so much money on advertising and making pink things, its ridiculous. It’s a classic example of the evils of the non-profit industrial complex.
I’d boycott them, if you support them, and donate to some other organization.