November 14, 2012
The tragic loss of Savita Halappanavar's life was not caused by Ireland's ban on abortion

Our thoughts are with the husband and family of Savita Halappanavar at this very difficult time.

This is a tragic loss, and we need to remember that Irish doctors are always obliged to intervene to save the life of a mother - even if that risks the life of her baby.

In fact, the Medical Council are very clear in this regard that their guidelines state that doctors will be struck off if they don't intervene to save the life of a mother. The result of the investigation into Ms Halappanavar's death will make the facts known, and journalists have been rushing to pre-empt those investigations when they are not in full possession of the facts.


Experts commenting on the case have made it clear that in such cases the main concentration of the medical team treating any woman in this situations would be on maintaining her health. Interventions to deal with the cause of the illness are not considered a therapeutic termination of pregnancy, another Dublin-based practitioner told the newspaper.

Ireland's ban on abortion does not pose a threat to women's lives, according to the Obstetricians and Gynaecologists who care for Irish women every day. In fact, without abortion, Ireland is one of the safest places in the world for a mother to have a baby, according to the United Nations.

"This is a hugely difficult time for the family of Savita Halappanavar, and we hope that the investigations shed a full light on this tragic loss of life," said Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute.

"It is very sad to see abortion campaigners rush to exploit this case to further their own agenda," she added. "The tragic loss of Savita Halappanavar's life was not caused by Ireland's ban on abortion. We need to ensure that mothers and babies are best protected; and abortion is not part of best medical practise. It is medieval medicine. "

Posted by: Life House
Comments on this Article:
Arnaud Terrade
on Nov 14, 2012
Women's general healthcare is a side issue in the context of this tragic death. What is baffling is a medical consultant reportedly using a religious background to deny a medical intervention. I'm not pro-life by any means in that people should be given the choice to make their own decisions. I respect pro-life campaigners for their opinion although different than mine. If you're against abortion, don't have one, but you have no right to dictate what others should or shouldn't do. Not in a republic. Not in the 21st century. There is no place for religious debate in a public hospital or any other public institution for that matter. As for "In fact, without abortion, Ireland is one of the safest places in the world for a mother to have a baby, according to the United Nations", please, have the courage to meet the man who not only lost his unborn child but also is wife and try to sell that argument to him I’m certain he’ll beg to differ. Ironically, the European Union has also reported that Ireland has one of the poorest and most dysfunctional public health system in the EU. Again, you have every right to voice your opinion in a modern society but you have absolutely no right whatsoever to tell others what to do. You should have the decency not to blame shabby journalism and play the victim of an anti-prolife smear campaign. And just for the case you might actually wonder, the European Court of Human Rights has urged Ireland to implement laws enabling women to have an abortion when their life is at risk during pregnancy.
on Nov 14, 2012
May the poor woman RIP. It's just not true to say abortion would have saved her life. What a terrible twist on a tragic story.
on Nov 15, 2012
'Our thoughts are with the husband and family of Savita Halappanavar at this very difficult time.'

Hypocrites. Time to boycot this medieval country.
Conor Taaffe
on Nov 17, 2012
Oh dear Arnaud ... May I paraphrase. "If you're against murder, don't murder, but you have no right to dictate( ... isn't that a dictate?) that others should or shouldn't murder." If what you say was true Arnaud, there wouldn't be any laws. There would be your dictatorship that everything is morally relative. Thank goodness I live in the Irish Republic, one of the few civilised countries in the world where we don't allow anyone, not even the child's mother, to kill a baby because it's got Down's Syndrome, like 90% of such beautiful children in countries like France and the Unites States; where we rightly do not impose the death penalty on anyone, not even on innocent babies. Our health system mightn't have as much money as yours Arnaud, in spite of your huge banks throwing money at ours, which was generously gave to our nice developers, (thanks for such "civilised" lending policies France) but you see we still have a better maternal mortality rate than you because we still have that secret ingredient ... we value life. So does the European Court of Human Rights, Arnaud. What they actually said is that there's no "right" to abortion and that we are completely free to arrive at whatever regime we see fit, as long as we implement it. Oh my goodness! I never used the phrase "You absolutely no right whatsoever to ..." What not even once? I need to do something to medievalise this country. I know! Introduce the death penalty for the innocent! Introduce abortion!
Fr Levi
on Nov 19, 2012
Savita did not die because of Irish law or Church teaching. We'll have a better idea of what happened after the official reports are out. It would be nice if those who are trying to hi-jack this sad story to advance their agenda would at least wait for better facts than mere media speculation.
Stephen Maye
on Nov 19, 2012
Very well said Conor!
Frank Bodley
on Nov 20, 2012
Hi Arneaud.
Abortion is a direct killing of a baby. In my book that is murder. In Ireland our doctors try to save the life of mother and child. However in trying to save the life of the mother the child can sometimes die and vice versa. We have to see what the facts are before we can voice an opinion. A friend said today,'why are all the voices directed critically at the Catholic Church and the absence of abortion in Ireland rather than at what happened. The reason is there are so many who hate the Catholic Church for protecting the life of the unborn no matter what the circumstances'. As Fr Levi says, let us wait.