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!

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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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