Miscarriage of Justice

The Supreme Court decision on Roe is not just about abortions. It’s about women’s health. The best way to understand this is to look back at the case that ultimately changed abortion laws in Ireland. “In 2012, Savita Halappanavar, age 31 and 17 weeks pregnant, went to a hospital in Galway, Ireland. Doctors there determined that she was having a miscarriage. However, because the fetus still had a detectable heartbeat, it was protected by the Eighth Amendment. Doctors could not intervene – in legal terms, ending its life – even to save the mother. So she was admitted to the hospital for pain management while awaiting the miscarriage to progress naturally.” While she was waiting, she died. And make no mistake, women in America will die because of our new reality. Death and Suffering: The Story Behind Ireland’s Abortion Ban and its Reversal. And a more recent example from Malta where abortion is banned. US woman left traumatized after Malta hospital refuses life-saving abortion. “I just want to get out of here alive. I couldn’t in my wildest dreams have thought up a nightmare like this.” (A majority of Americans suddenly know the feeling.)

+ The Turning Point: LA Times: Gasps, tears and fear: Inside a Texas abortion clinic the moment Roe was overturned. The New Yorker: Roe’s Final Hours in One of America’s Largest Abortion Clinics. NYT: The Final Days of Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic. NBC News: Inside a Tennessee abortion clinic after Roe’s fall.

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