Like many all over the world, I am saddened and outraged by the death of Savita Halappanavar, who was killed in a Dublin hospital because of a refusal to treat her miscarriage, dooming her to die of blood poisoning.
In addition to anger at her death, I am angry at how it is being framed, as the denial of an abortion. She arrived at the hospital with her fetus miscarrying. There was no way to save this fetus, either inside her body or outside. The fetus was doomed. The issue was providing proper care for her miscarriage, so that she would not die as well.
If we start thinking and talking about basic, established medical care for miscarriages as “abortions,” simply by using this terminology, we are caving to the crazies.
In Ireland, they just unnecessarily murdered a young woman under the sick and twisted guise of being pro-life. If it were up to Paul Ryan and others in the GOP who share his extremist views, the same thing would happen to American women.