“This is a Catholic country”

A women in Galway, Ireland has died of septicemia after being denied an abortion that could have saved her life. The women requested numerous times for the pregnancy to be terminated but was at one stage told “This is a Catholic country”.

“Rachel Donnelly, a spokeswoman for pro-choice campaigners in Galway said: “This was an obstetric emergency which should have been dealt with in a routine manner. Yet Irish doctors are restrained from making obvious medical decisions by a fear of potentially severe consequences”

I just feel so terribly sad for the husband. The loss of the wanted pregnancy would have been sad to deal with, but it’s something they could have overcome together. Now he is left without a wife simply due to politics and ridiculous interference from religion.

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