Ireland’s stand against abortion has recently come under fire after the recent tragic death of Savita Halappanavar and her unborn baby.

Savita Halappanavar, an ex- pat of India, was working in Dublin as a dentist. She was admitted into hospital after miscarrying. Once in hospital, the doctors found her baby was still alive. Savita, suffering from septicaemia, asked for an abortion. Doctors refused to terminate the baby, informing Savita that her baby still had a heartbeat. The baby died in hospital and, five days later, Savita died of the septicaemia that was attacking her. Many pro-abortionists are arguing that had Savita’s doctors performed an abortion, Savita may have survived. Not only do the pro-abortionists fail to defend the right of the baby to live, they neither consider the advice of top Indian Gynaecologist, Hema Divaker, the President – elect of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India. Dr. Divaker, told the Hindu Times that an abortion would not have preserved the life of Samita, in fact, it may have dangerously hastened it; “The usual practise is to meddle the least until the mother is stable…. This appears to be the actions taken by Savita’s doctors. ”

Ireland’s firm commitment to protecting the life of the unborn is to be celebrated and encouraged. This case, while tragic, must not be used as excuse to permit the further loss of life through the murderous act of abortion.

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