Galway Pro-Choice Press Statement 16/11/12

The country is still reeling from the news of Savita’s tragic and needless death. Demonstrations from a range of outraged groups and individuals have spontaneously taken place around the country, and across the world. The lack of swift action from the Government is a concern for many.

In Galway City, a vigil will be held for Savita on Saturday at 5.00pm, in Eyre Square.

Galway Pro-Choice believes:

We must legislate on the X Case immediately; Government statements that it will take months to get legal clarity are unacceptable. Minister Reilly has indicated that it may take weeks or months for him to bring the Expert Group Report to Cabinet. It has also been stated that the Government will not act until the investigations are completed, which are due to take at least three months. We cannot afford to wait such a length of time for action on life-saving abortion in this country. The impossible limbo that doctors are in has been illustrated by this tragedy. Legislation must be implemented immediately, or more women may die.

Minister Reilly must instigate a fully independent public inquiry now.
The presence of only one independent expert in the HSE’s investigation is intolerable. We cannot expect UCHG or the HSE to be truly objective in this situation and to reach independent conclusions. Therefore we are calling for a fully independent public inquiry, to be commissioned immediately.

The Expert Group Report should be released to the public immediately.
There is a need for full transparency with an issue as grave as this, and we call on Minister Reilly to make the report public immediately. There is no good reason not to share this information with the public.

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Enough is Enough

On the 28th of October, a woman died in this country because she was refused an abortion. She was 31 years old.

Savita Praveen first presented at University College Hospital, Galway on Sunday October 21st at 17 weeks pregnant, suffering from severe cramps. After being examined, she was told on Sunday evening that the foetus would not survive, and that no treatment could save it. The foetal heartbeat, however, was still present.At this stage, Savita’s waters had broken, which left her at serious risk of infection. On Monday 22nd October Savita was told again that the foetus would not survive. She now requested an abortion. Doctors refused to carry out the procedure. Later that evening, according to her friends, she again ‘begged’ for an abortion to be performed. Again she was refused. According to her friends, one of the reasons given for refusing her the procedure was that Ireland “is a Catholic country”.

On Tuesday 23rd October Savita developed septicaemia.

On Wednesday 24th October the foetal heartbeat could no longer be detected. Only at this stage was Savita brought to the theatre to have the foetus removed. After the procedure she was brought straight to the intensive care unit.

Her condition never improved. Four days later, on the 28thof October, tragically and needlessly, Savita died.

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Woman Dies in UCHG After Being Refused Life-Saving Abortion

Did you know that a 31-year-old woman recently died in University College Hospital, Galway after being refused an abortion, even though doctors had already determined that there was no chance of the foetus surviving?

Last year, 4149 Irish women were forced to travel to the UK to obtain an abortion, undergoing added financial and psychological strain, as well as increased medical risk, because they could not obtain an abortion in Ireland.

A recent Sunday Times poll showed that 80% of the Irish population are in favour of legal abortion where the woman’s life is at risk.

Since the 1992 X Case, where a 14-year-old rape victim was obstructed from obtaining an abortion, successive Irish governments have failed to introduce legislation dealing with such cases.

The current government is no different – Minister James Reilly promised to publish a report on the matter by the end of June this year. It has yet to be published.

Demand action to finally provide access to safe and legal abortion for Irish women!

Galway Pro Choice

Woman Dies in UCHG after Being Denied a Life-Saving Abortion

On Sunday the 28th of October, Savita Praveen died at UCHG after being denied a termination which would most likely have saved her life. She was 31 years old, married for four years and hoping to start a family.
If legislation is not introduced immediately, more women will die. Under the X Case ruling, women in Ireland are legally entitled to an abortion when it is necessary to save their life. However, legislation has never been passed to reflect this. It is the failure of successive governments to do so that led to Savita’s death.

Savita was first admitted to the hospital on October 21st complaining of severe back pain. Her doctor initially told her that she would be fine, but she refused to go home. It became clear that her waters had broken, and she was having a miscarriage (spontaneous abortion). She was told that the foetus had no chance of survival, and it would all be over within a few hours.

However, her condition did not take its expected course, and the foetus remained inside her body. Although it was evident that it could not survive, a foetal heartbeat was detected. For this reason her repeated requests to remove the foetus were denied. By Tuesday it was clear that her condition was deteriorating. She had developed a fever, and collapsed when attempting to walk. The cervix had now been fully open for nearly 72 hours, creating a danger of infection comparable to an untreated open head wound. She developed septicaemia.

Despite this, the foetus was not removed until Wednesday afternoon, after the foetal heartbeat had stopped. Immediately after the procedure she was taken to the high dependency unit. Her condition never improved. She died at 1.09am on Sunday the 28th of October.

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