Thursday, 15 November 2012

‘Don’t use tragedy as reason to legislate’ | Irish Examiner

‘Don’t use tragedy as reason to legislate’ | Irish Examiner

Catholic groups and high-profile campaigners against legalising abortion have hit out at the circumstances which allegedly led to the death of Savita Halappanavar.
However, despite the outrage over what happened, the same individuals insist the case should not be seen as an argument to legislate for the practice in this country.

Senator Rónán Mullen, Catholic Comment, and the Life Institute all made near identical comments in relation to the incident.

Mr Mullen said: "According to Medical Council guidelines, widely accepted medical practice and Irish law, a woman in Ms Halappanavar’s situation is entitled to the medical treatment she needs.

"A primary issue in this case may have been the diagnosis and management of infection. But there would be no good legal or ethical reason why an induced delivery could not have taken place, once the medical situation called for that."

He said it was "regrettable" that some people were seeking to use this tragedy as an argument for legislating for the Supreme Court decision the in X case. "There is no legal impediment to offering all necessary medical treatment to pregnant women."

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