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Full Comment’s Araminta Wordsworth brings you a daily round-up of quality punditry from across the globe. Today: Savita Halappanavar is the perfect test of Ireland’s rigid anti-abortion law (it remains: almost never, no matter what).
There was no possibility of her 17-week fetus surviving; delaying termination risked it killing the mother through septicemia.
But doctors at the hospital in Galway, western Ireland, stood firm even though the 31-year-old Indian woman pleaded with them. “I am not Catholic or Irish,” she said.
She died, of course, as did her baby. It’s hard to believe anyone can feel triumphant and confirmed in their righteousness about this result.
The blame can be laid at the Irish government’s door: it has refused to clarify the law, despite five referendums, pressure from the European Court of Human Rights and several high-profile cases, including that of “X,” a teenager who became pregnant after being raped.
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