…A woman dies after being denied an abortion:
A young woman died of septicaemia in Ireland after Catholic doctors refused to terminate her miscarriage because abortion was against the country’s law and religious beliefs.
Savita Halappanavar, 31, died last month in University Hospital Galway after three days of agony, the Irish Times reported on Wednesday.
Doctors told her she was losing her 17-week pregnancy, as her cervix had dilated and the amniotic sac had broken, and that the foetus would not survive.
Her husband told the newspaper she begged for birth to be induced but was told this was not possible because the foetal heartbeat was still present “and this is a Catholic country”.
I mention this because it reminds me of the debates we’ve been having in this country over the future of conservatism. Specifically, here is what the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens has to say about abortion (and other touchy topics) in his column from this week, “Earth to GOP: Get a Grip”:
Also, please tone down the abortion extremism. Supporting so-called partial-birth abortions, as too many liberals do, is abortion extremism. But so is opposing abortion in cases of rape and incest, to say nothing of the life of the mother. Democrats did better with a president who wanted abortion to be “safe, legal and rare”; Republicans would have done better by adopting outgoing Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’s call for a “truce” on social issues.
I agree. What do you think?