Pro-abortion campaigners are disingenuously using the tenth anniversary of Savita Halappanavar’s death to push for an even more extreme abortion law. In recent days, abortion supporters have called for the full decriminalisation of abortion in Ireland throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy.
Savita’s tragic death was the result of medical oversight. It was not caused by the Eighth Amendment as campaigners for abortion have incessantly claimed.
Three independent reports from the HSE, HIQA and the Coroner’s Inquest all established that the actual cause of Savita Halappanavar’s death was a sepsis infection with a virulent antibiotic resistant strain of E Coli, compounded by a series of systems failures that delayed the realisation by her medical team of the gravity of the risk to her life, and the timely implementation of the appropriate responses to it.
To their credit, the doctors treating Savita didn’t blame Ireland’s abortion laws for her death. They could have easily done so to deflect attention away from their mistakes, but they didn’t. It is highly inappropriate however for campaigners and pro-abortion politicians to continue leaning on myths and mistruths to push for a radical expansion of Ireland’s already extreme abortion law.
In 2012, the same year as the Savita case, a woman from Ireland, Aisha Chithira, died as a direct result of an abortion that took place in a Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, London. Aside from a brief mention in The Irish Times, there was no outcry in the Irish media about her death.
In Savita’s case, her tragic death occurred as a result of a mismanaged sepsis infection. The media however linked it to the non-availability of abortion at the time to open the door to abortion in Ireland.
In the case of Aisha Chithira, her death was caused as a direct result of abortion, yet the media ignored her story and looked the other way. The different way these two stories were treated tells you everything you need to know about the shocking and shameful way the media and politicians behave on this issue.