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Irish Doctors in the Galway University hospital refused to abort Indian national Savita Halappanavar, her foetus on grounds that "this is a Catholic country". in spite of her repeated S.O.S submission that she was neither Irish nor catholic.

Your take please. A dead foetus was more important than a young mother's life.

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Asked by soumyen sarkar, 17 Nov '12 12:07 pm
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I am a Catholic. I am not defending the Irish law against abortion 'that being a Catholic country'. We cannot blame the doctors for following the set rules in that country. I am said a precious life of our dentist who must have gone there to make fer future bright came to abrupt end because of complicated rules on abortion in that country.
The best way would be for our dentist to move out of that country and go to another where she could undergo the abortion. Remaining there and trying for abortion, specially when she is a qualified person and knows the rules prevailing there was not at all an intelligent act.
Having said that, I personally feel that Ireland needs to amend the abortion rules, not because of this incident alone but such harsh rules by saying it is not allowed 'being a Catholic country' look outdated.
Many Catholics throughout the world undergo abortions for several reasons although the Church is against the abortions.
In this case, the doctors found heart beat i ...more
Answered by Francisco, 17 Nov '12 01:39 pm

 
  
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Its very sad incident. In my views, in her case she had to be taken/ admitted in the hospital of any country like India where the abortion is legal.
Answered by Joseph Chacko, 17 Nov '12 12:58 pm

 
  
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It is more than mother's life or foetus's life.. or the Law based on Culture. It is about the Disapora community. If Irish Govt have certain Laws which fits to their culture, it is absolutely their jurisdiction.. If the World do not fit appropriate, they should move out from that nation. It is wrong to impose world view on any respective governance. It goes with the same Islamic nations.

There are many flaws in abortion Laws which are generally misused by the Population just like in India we have Female Foeticide..
Answered by Sharmila Bose, 17 Nov '12 12:22 pm

 
  
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I am sure that they were more stringent with rules than necessary.
I am also sure that there could be no laws which forbid an abortion specially when a life is at stake .
Its like the Jehadis interpretation of Quran to suit their own dubious beliefs this when no religion condones violence.
Catholics are very humane too and not inconsiderate so am surprised that they cited laws to allow her to bleed to death.This is so controversial an action that the world needs to wake up and change any such rules IF they are actually formulated.
After all....a morther's life is far more important than a foetus.....and rules...laws are always formulated keeping in mind deviances in case of extraordinary situations. After all and as an example...a person who kills another when attacked or when her modesty is at stake is not the same as a common murderer....self defence does not tantamount to cold blooded murder...which is the case definitely here !
Answered by prasoon, 17 Nov '12 02:01 pm

 
  
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Anything goes above a certain level becomes useless to follow. may once upon a time they had lot of abortion cases so to avoid that they would have stoppe4d people in the name of god/religion . now it looks so foolish to follow the same.such people should be termed below the level of animals.
Answered by Vaishnavi, 17 Nov '12 12:13 pm

 
  
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Probably India is among those top countries where women dying at child birth or due to medical neglect. during pregnancy is quite high. In spite of medical termination of pregnancy being legal in India still it does not save every case where it becomes necessary to save the mother's life. Probably the death rate of women undergoing MTP in India would be much higher than women dying due to denial of MTP in Ireland. Every country has a right to decide on its law according to what it's citizens want. If it was not legal in Ireland to terminate pregnancy as per the law of that country then making a big issue about Savita's case is ridiculous. When a person goes to another country they have to make do with laws of that country and can not make a hue and cry if following their laws affects them. It is possibly Savita's bad luck that she happens to be in Ireland. Even if she had been in India what is the guarantee that Savita would not have died of some other medical negligence. This story ac ...more
Answered by Shyam, 17 Nov '12 04:53 pm

 
  
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It is high time that Catholic Church adopts a humane approach and does the needful. It would be much better if the International Laws are framed to safeguard the foreign nationals.
Answered by goldspot, 17 Nov '12 02:48 pm

 
  
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Doctors stood by the rules/law set by their nation. It was a call they had to take to save their coat, not breaking the law which probably seemed a better option to them than saving the life there.
Irony...just wondering in this country the catholic law permits to allow death even if one could even save it.. and Christianity we always hear about saving and giving life.. . The rules need be amended...!
Answered by Anuja, 17 Nov '12 01:22 pm

 
  
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Itz just a Blatant injustice against an Indian.....in the name of enforcement of HOLLOW - LAW which does not accord priority to life ..... damn with such LAW....which is used to kill a human.....
Answered by Pradipta pati, 17 Nov '12 01:09 pm

 
  
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This is a burning example of utter discrimination and inhumanity......
Answered by aruna v, 17 Nov '12 12:14 pm

 
  
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