Sad news out of Ireland this week. A young Indian woman, Savita Halappanavar, died after suffering a miscarriage.
Doctors had told Savita that her pregnancy was going to end in miscarriage and when she requested that it be terminated so that she did not have to endure the physical pain and emotional agony of her pregnancy terminating naturally she was told.. by Irish law... doctors could not perform this service because there was still a detectable heartbeat.
So...instead..nature took it's course and now a young woman is dead after contracting an infection during the miscarriage. This is something that many people don't understand...that the risks to the mother are often much greater in a miscarriage than in a controlled medical procedure.
To me..this is where the idea of "abortion rights" and "choice" become something that is far from a black and white issue. Ms. Halappanavar's fetus was not going to survive anyhow. No doubt the family was going to mourn one loss. Now..because of a government policy...guided by Catholic belief( Sad irony that Savita is not even Catholic)....the result was the loss of two lives..not just one.
This is why I feel that religious beliefs have no place in a medical setting. This is why I support a woman's right to choose what happens to her own body. I don't support abortion as a form of birth control..or for convenience...but those on the other side of the argument seek to cloak abortion as an all or nothing proposition...an evil choice that irresponsible women make on a whim..when most of the time..it is anything but.
Instead...the choice and tragedy that goes along with terminating a pregnancy brings with it a not fifty shades of grey...but a thousand shades of grey..and not one of them anyone's business.