Wednesday, November 14

Do unto others.....

Meet Savita Halappanavar, a 31 year old dentist.  Originally from India, Mrs. Halappanavar lived in Ireland with her husband, was a Hindu and expecting their first child. Then, one evening, she started to have symptoms which suggested that she was having a miscarriage.  They went to the University hospital in Galway where...
He [her husband] said she continued to experience pain and asked a consultant if she could be induced. They said unfortunately she can't "because it's a Catholic country," Mr Halappanavar said.

"Savita said to her she is not Catholic, she is Hindu, and why impose the law on her. But she said 'I'm sorry, unfortunately it's a Catholic country' and it's the law that they can't abort when the foetus is live." (source: BBC)
A few days later, the foetus' heart stopped, Ms. Halappanavar went into septic shock and was pronounced dead a week after she walked into the hospital under her own power.

I mention this tale is not to mourn a young woman or the unborn child (which is right, fitting and proper, certainly). Rather, I would wish to consider what it says about the understandings we have about the Master's teachings and how we apply them.  I want to continue, but I fear that is gilding the lily.

1 comment:

  1. I don't understand why the EU still retains membership for Ireland! the EU has no qualms about imposing sanctions and all sorts of regulations for non-white nations when it comes to being civilized but here is a white country that denies abortion to a woman based on some medieval law.