Don’t use Savita to pro­mote killing

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

■ How can Emma O’Brien (Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent, Oc­to­ber 30) be so mis­led over the tragic death of Savita Halap­panavar? As ev­i­denced by the three in­de­pen­dent in­quests into her death, she died from sep­sis and dread­ful med­i­cal ne­glect.

It’s of­ten said that if a lie is re­peated of­ten enough it comes to be be­lieved and I do ac­knowl­edge the very many ef­forts by those who have shame­fully used her death to cam­paign for abor­tion here.

A claim at the in­quest that her death was due to the Eighth Amend­ment was not ac­cepted but, rather, the ver­dicts as out­lined above were given.

It is so sad to see so many peo­ple be­ing mis­led and, in­stead of work­ing for all proper med­i­cal care to be given to women and their ba­bies, seek­ing to with­draw the pro­tec­tion in our Con­sti­tu­tion for the un­born baby.

I agree with Ms O’Brien that our re­sponse to a cri­sis preg­nancy should cer­tainly be “with com­pas­sion and kind­ness”, but fail to see how this can oc­cur if it en­tails the killing of the baby in the womb.

We surely can be bet­ter than that. Ms O’Brien may not be aware of the vast num­ber of ba­bies aborted in In­dia be­cause they are girls. It is never in the in­ter­est of any woman to kill her baby

– it is best to have every sup­port and as­sis­tance pro­vided for both her and baby.

Fi­nally, it should be pointed out that Ire­land has a much lower ma­ter­nal death rate than the coun­tries where abor­tion is freely avail­able, in­clud­ing Bri­tain with its up to 200,000 abor­tions an­nu­ally, so why should abor­tion be le­galised here?

Savita Halap­panavar de­serves bet­ter than her tragic death be­ing used to pro­mote the killing of ba­bies in the womb.

Mary Ste­wart Done­gal town, Co Done­gal

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