If medical practitioners are to interpret the Constitution before deciding whether and when to save a life, then its a system that is totally confused, intolerant and hypocritical and requires an urgent rethink. Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, was found to be miscarrying. She was in severe pain for three days at the Irish hospital and a termination was requested. Comments pls
Tragic, indeed! For the Irish Constitution to pass off the burden of a provision that is seemingly derived from a teaching lay down by a religious group on a non-believer, demonstrates a fundamental lack of respect for alternative religious beliefs. Irelands restrictive laws on medical termination of pregnancy have since long been at the centre of an intense debate. Initially, it was because of the Catholic Churchs influence in politics but now that their influence has lessened over the past few decades, no efforts were made by the successive governments to amend those archaic laws. The countrys Supreme Court in 1992 ruled that it should be legalised particularly to save lives of women in situations where their lives were at risk. The country, however, is yet to enact such a law. When the Constitution itself is based on religious belief which is discriminatory, not universally accepted and leaves no room for rational argument, it requires urgent reform and there should not be two
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Community living has advantages as well as disadvantages. We intend to make law for the good of community but when made it applicable, variety of situations give variety of results. System stabilises only after many trial and error methods. In the instant case, Irish government has realised the mistake and are seriously thinking of changing the law to suit cases like the one happened to Savita.