Pro-life, pro-death, pro-poverty

This is a Catholic country” doesn’t seem like a good reason to kill someone, but then if you’re pro-life perhaps you will disagree.

Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hospital on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying, and died of septicaemia a week later.

Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar… asked for a medical termination.

This was refused, he says, because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told, “this is a Catholic country”.

She spent a further 2½ days “in agony” until the foetal heartbeat stopped.

In perhaps related news that pro-life people are only pro-life until you are born:

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco launched a Global Turnaway Study this year to explore the potential social and economic implications of denying women access to legal abortion. And after documenting the experiences of the women who seek to terminate a pregnancy but are turned away from abortion services, the UCSF researchers found that those women were three times more likely than the women who successfully obtained abortions to fall below the poverty line within the subsequent two years.

Perhaps I’m being unfair about the pro-life movement, but I doubt it. If this sort of thing worries you that is good. The pro-life movement are adopting tactic used in the US to intimidate people, for example protesting outside abortion clinics. Their success would mean the exportation of this suffering. The stakes are high, be worried.

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