Un'interruzione di gravidanza l'avrebbe salvata. Il caso di Savita Halappanavar e la protesta di Global Doctors for choice PDF Stampa E-mail
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Il commento di Blimunde sul caso della morte di Savita Halappanavar, morta di setticemia il 28 ottobre 2012 per un aborto spontaneo non curato. E' accaduto in Irlanda, dove le leggi sull'interruzione di gravidanza sono molto restrittive.

Crediamo che sia gravissimo che nel 2012 una donna debba morire per un aborto spontaneo non trattato e curato per tempo per omissione di soccorso di medici che hanno deciso di interpretare una legge gia' molto restrittiva come quella irlandese sull'aborto in modo ancora piu' restrittivo. Non si trattava neanche di una interruzione volontaria di gravidanza, in questo caso (e comunque la legge irlandese sull'aborto permette l'interruzione in caso di rischio di vita per la madre), ma di un'aborto spontaneo sul quale bisognava intervenire tempestivamente per evitare infezioni e asepsi, e non e' stato fatto. E' una grave lesione dei diritti umani fondamentali.

Pubblichiamo a seguire la lettera che Global Doctors for Choice, l'organizzazione americana di ginecologi per i diritti e la salute riproduttiva (leggere: per l'aborto legale e sicuro) nel mondo ha inviato al governo irlandese a riguardo, e la risposta del governo stesso.


November 16, 2012

To: Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Irish Prime Minister)

cc: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore (Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs)

We are writing to you to express our concern about the recent death of Savita Halappanavar, following denial of appropriate medical care for a spontaneous abortion. This case indicates that the prohibition of abortion in Ireland is adversely affecting the quality of medical care and resulting in morbidity and mortality.

Savita Halappanavar experienced a threatened spontaneous abortion with ruptured membranes at 17 weeks of gestation. The fetal demise was inevitable and she required immediate evacuation of the uterus to prevent infection, hemorrhage and associated complications. Denial of such care violates standards of obstetrical care. We call on your government to take urgent and decisive steps to reform the legislation that led to the death of Savita Halappanavar. Until the Irish legal system is reformed, the lives, health and autonomy of women across Ireland are in jeopardy and the integrity of medical practice and standards of care are threatened as well.


Global Doctors for Choice

Questa è la risposta del governo irlandese:

Thank you very much for your email with regard to the case of Savita Halappanavar.   I will bring your correspondence to the attention of the Tanaiste. 

This matter was raised with the Tanaiste at Leaders Questions in the Dail yesterday.

He said "I want to take this opportunity to express my own deepest sympathy to the family of Savita Halappanavar.  This is an appalling loss, which I think has rightly touched the hearts of all of the Irish people.  It is, of course, true to say that we do not yet know the full circumstances of what happened, but anybody who listened to Savita's husband  yesterday has to be deeply concerned by his very dignified and moving account of what happened to Savita. 

This is one of those issues where we are all reminded of our duty as legislators.  It is not a moment for shrill voices.  It is a moment for respect, first of all, for a grieving  family, for dignified discussion and for determined action.

I do not think we, as a country, should allow a situation where women’s lives are put at risk in this way.  We must deal with the issue and bring legal clarity to it…. There have been six Governments in this State since the Supreme Court judgment in 1992 and they have not dealt with it. This will not be the seventh. “ 

You can view his speech here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GOI4A_PjSk 
The Tánaiste’s strong statement has been picked up across a range of media outlets. A selection is included below.

Best wishes

Doreen Foley PA to
Eamon Gilmore TD
Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade  

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