Scott reader of http://holysoulshermitage.com , Hugh McLoughlin, sent in this letter to the editor of “The Herald” (up in Scottland), which, of course, the editor did not publish. We publish it here, with a comment at the end:
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On Monday, November 19, The Herald published a Letter to the Editor from one Veronica Wikman. Ms Wikman is unknown to me but she describes herself online as “a native Swedish linguist and freelance translator, living in Edinburgh since 1997”.
Her letter was headed “Ireland must adopt a more enlightened approach to the rights of women” and it began: “Savita Halappanavar can now be added to the long list of women who have been killed in the name of religion…”
Naturally, on reading this I immediately drafted a reply. And equally naturally, I find this morning that it has not been published (Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose).
My epistle to The Editor at The Herald read:
Savita Halappanavar, aged 31 years, an Indian citizen (from Belgaum, Karnataka) and a Hindu who practised locally as a dentist, died on October 28 in University Hospital, Galway, Ireland. The cause of death has been reported in India to have been “severe septicaemia with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), a life-threatening bleeding disorder which is a complication of sepsis, major organ damage and loss of the mother’s blood due to severe infection” (The Hindu, Bangalore, Friday, Nov 16).
The Hindu interviewed one of India’s leading consultants in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dr Hema Divakar, President-elect of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI). The informed observations of this professional put the lie to the accusation that Mrs Halappanavar can “be added to the long list of women who have been killed in the name of religion” (Veronica Wilkman, Letters, Nov 19).
Dr Divakar told The Hindu: “Based on information in the media, in that situation of septicaemia, if the doctors had meddled with the live baby, Savita would have died two days earlier.” That is, medically abortion was contra-indicated.
In some quarters, it has been suggested that because Mrs Halappanavar was a dentist by profession she would have been much more aware of the medical implications of what was happening to her and thus if she had begged the doctors to perform an abortion, they should have obliged.
But Dr Divakar stated: “Having understood that the baby was not going to make it, the couple would have asked for termination. But as Savita’s infection may have required aggressive treatment at that stage, doctors must have felt the need to prevent complications. The usual [practice] is to meddle the least till the mother is stable.”
Sadly, the outcome was tragic. But it wasn’t that tragic that the pro-abortion lobby was going to pass up what it saw as a huge opportunity to bring pressure to bear on the Irish government. They then spent two weeks preparing last week’s spontaneous demonstrations and news stories.
It should be remembered that midwifery care in Ireland is amongst the best in the world; much safer than it is either here or in the USA. At least three women died last year in England and Wales from abortion gone wrong. God knows how many died in the USA. None did in Ireland.
I would like to point out that the names of the three women who died have been published on the SPUC website, but I had no wish to bring further distress to the families and friends of the deceased.
If you feel that you can make any use of this feel free to use or pass on. I hope to add more to my occasionally used Blog, Scottish Catholic Observant ( http://hughie-scottishcatholicobservant.blogspot.co.uk/ ) later today.
Orrabestorrattttime — Hughie
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This post is entitled “Why pro-abortion women want women to die”, and you might be wondering why that might be. Certainly it’s not because women are stupid and never do any research, and certainly it’s not just because women go ahead and participate in demonstrations out of angst about their own past abortions which they are trying to defend in this way. No, no. Rather, this is all about power. It always is: “Kill your defenseless child! Feel the power!” Power? you ask… Yep. You see, women have this thing about naturally wanting to give birth, and it is a shaking of their fists in the Face of God to kill their children for all to see, especially for God to see.
Do you know any women who need some healing? Send them over to a good friend of mine, a post-abortive woman who writes about her journey of struggles with her feelings and emotions after her abortion, how she came to repent of doing such a thing, how she now looks to God and is beginning to understand His goodness and kindness: here.