What’s the truth about Savita Halappanavar?

Did she even request an abortion at all?

A new website fact-checks the pro-choice claim that Savita Halappanavar died because she was refused an abortion.

Abortion activists in Ireland have exploited the recent loss of Savita Halappanavar to support their assertion abortion is sometimes necessary to save a mother’s life. Yet no medical evidence indicates that abortion would have saved Savita’s life.

Perhaps the most shocking revelation is that Savita may never have requested an abortion at all. The Irish Times journalist who broke the story now says that it may be found that Savita made “no request for a termination.” The reporter, Kitty Holland, is the daughter of two abortion activists: Mary Holland and Eamonn McCann. Previously, the Irish Health Service Executive investigation reported that no request for an abortion was documented in Savita’s medical records. If true, it may be that her tragic death was intentionally lied about, hijacked by sensationalist journalism, and used as a vehicle to push a pro-abortion agenda upon the people of Ireland.

One video featured on the website exposes myths surrounding Savita’s death:


Dr. Hema Divakar, the president-elect of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India, told The Hindu that “in that situation of septicaemia, if the doctors had meddled with the live baby, Savita would have died two days earlier. Even if the law permitted it, it is not as if her life would have been saved because of termination.”

Indian government officials lambasting Ireland to legalize abortion ignore that India – which permits abortion – suffers from a maternal mortality rate 33 times higher than Ireland’s! Other countries permitting abortion, like the United States and United Kingdom, also have higher rates of maternal mortality. The Centers for Disease Control report that 12 women died from legal abortion procedures in the United States since 2008.

Misinformation propagated by pro-choice media has even gone so far as to call Irish doctors “murderers.” Prof. Fionnuala McAuliffe, spokesperson for the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, says that Irish doctors do intervene to save the life of a pregnant woman, even if it risks the life of the baby, and that there is “no evidence they [doctors] are letting people die.”

Media reports based on the autopsy investigation suggest that an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection may have played a role in Savita’s death. Dr. James Clair, microbiologist at Cork’s Mercy University Hospital, thinks “that the problem was an unforeseen ESBL [Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase] infection rather than an issue of obstetric mishandling.”

Abortion is frequently dangerous to the mother and always lethal to her child. It’s time for Ireland to tell the pro-choice lobby: “We’re safer without abortion!”

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