With the recent repeal of the pro-life Eighth Amendment in Ireland, abortion activists are commemorating the life of a woman who, unbeknownst to her, has become a symbol of the Irish pro-abortion movement.
Emma Watson, an actress made famous by her role as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” series, penned an open letter this weekend to Savita Halappanavar, a woman who tragically died in 2012 from infection after allegedly being denied an abortion.
In her letter for Net-A-Porter, Watson wrote that Halappanavar’s death was the catalyst for the fight to legalize abortion in Ireland.
“When news of your death broke in 2012, the urgent call to action from Irish activists reverberated around the world – repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution,” Watson wrote.
The actress discussed the mistaken notion that it was because of the ban on abortion that Halappanavar died.
“That the eighth amendment enabled valuing the life of an unborn fetus over a living woman was a wake-up call to a nation,” Watson wrote. “A promise to the departed and a rallying call to society, we chant: never again.”
Abortion activists like Watson have claimed that Halappanavar would have survived had she gotten an abortion. However, soon after Halappanavar’s death, an inquest revealed the true nature of her death—it wasn’t because of her miscarriage; rather, it came from the inaction of the doctors who had treated her.
When Halappanavar was admitted to the hospital, she faced an inevitable miscarriage. At that time a fetal heart beat was detected, and doctors opted not to end the pregnancy by inducing labor but instead waited for her to deliver naturally, according to the inquest. Her baby was born dead three days later on Oct. 24, 2012. Savita died from multi-organ failure from septic shock due to an E coli infection four days after her baby’s birth, according to the inquest.
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This is not the first time Watson has used her prominence to advocate for abortion. She has spoken in favor of sustainability and feminism, and in 2014 helped launch the “HeForShe” campaign for the United Nations.
Ireland is expected to introduce new legislation allowing abortion on demand up to 12 weeks, with broad exceptions for pregnancies up to 24 weeks. Abortion advocates are nicknaming the legislation “Savita’s law.”
Halappanavar’s death is a tragedy that has impacted many people, and the cause of her death—mismanagement and poor judgment on the doctor’s behalf, according to the inquest —is certainly a call to action. However, Watson is mistaken to think that Halappanavar’s death signaled a battle cry for abortion. While Halappanavar should not have endured what she did, she should not be the face of a movement that condemns countless children to die daily through abortion.