A leading pro-life group in Ireland is demanding that the Irish government pay attention to the death of an Irish woman who bled to death in a taxicab following a legal abortion in Britain.
A British abortion practitioner and two nurses at an abortion clinic in Britain face manslaughter charges for their role in killing a woman from Ireland in a botched legal abortion.
The woman who traveled to England from Ireland in 2012 died following a legal abortion she obtained that resulted in a heart attack caused by “extensive internal blood loss” hours after having the abortion. The woman was 20 weeks pregnant at the time of the abortion and underscores the importance of protecting women from dangerous legal abortions that kill or injure them.
Though medical personnel were called, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cora Sherlock of the Pro Life Campaign says the Irish government is engaging in “selective outrage” by using the Savita case to wrongly push for abortion while ignoring a case where a legal abortion resulted in a woman’s death at a Marie Stopes abortion clinic. As one source reports:
She said it laid bare the “colossal double standards at the heart of the abortion debate in Ireland”.
“The tragic death of Savita Halappanavar was misused, massively and continuously by certain politicians and journalists to get abortion legislation over the line in 2013.”
The PLC spokeswoman said there was little or no regard at the time for the facts of that particular case which “showed the real cause of the tragedy in Galway was mismanaged sepsis, not the non-availability of abortion in Ireland at the time”.
“In the latest tragedy to come to light, a woman died as a direct result of the treatment she received when undergoing an abortion. But where is the political concern on this occasion from pro-choice politicians? Why the selective outrage?”, she challenged.
She added, “It’s very obvious that some politicians and members of the media are prepared to go to almost any lengths to avoid showing abortion in a poor light.”
Ms Sherlock concludedmby saying this had resulted in “a very one-sided presentation of the abortion issue which in the interests of women and their unborn babies must be challenged”.
The post-mortem conducted on the woman concluded that she died from a heart attack, caused by extensive internal blood loss. The London Metropolitan Police confirmed at the time that they were investigating the woman’s death, which occurred in Slough, on January 21, 2012, and a file was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service.
The 32-year-old married woman was understood to be a foreign national living in Dublin.
The unnamed mother got the abortion at a Marie Stopes abortion clinic in London. Marie Stopes, like Planned Parenthood, is one of the world’s largest abortion business that operates globally.
“A post mortem which took place on 23 January at Wexham Hospital concluded that the cause of death was a heart attack caused by extensive internal blood loss” after the abortion, a spokesman told the Irish Independent newspaper at the time.
Ireland Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald was reportedly shocked by the news when she heard it then.
“I was extremely shocked. The fact that the woman had left the clinic and started bleeding in a taxi, clearly it’s very important that we hear the outcome of that investigation and understand what were the factors that led to this traumatic and dreadful outcome,” she said.
After the woman’s death, pro-life groups highlighted the fact that abortions are dangerous for women.
Life Institute spokeswoman Niamh Ui Bhriain said that, while the facts remained unclear, it was a tragedy that a woman who had traveled from Ireland had, like so many other women, lost her life following a supposed ‘safe, legal’ abortion.
“This woman died following a so-called ‘safe legal’ abortion carried out in a licensed abortion clinic run by Marie Stopes International, which also provides referral services in Ireland. The Irish media must now call abortion providers to account rather than allowing them to distract from this woman’s death by pretending that abortion clinics in Ireland are the solution.”