Thursday, November 15, 2012

Savita

I had planned to post a bunch of interesting links tonight, but after today's news, I don't have the heart for it. Instead, read this and weep: a young woman in Ireland dies in agony when doctors refuse to help.

From CBS: Savita Halappanavar, miscarrying at 17 weeks, denied life-saving abortion.
The medical details, from a medical student in India.
Doctors weigh in.
Another doctor. What would have been appropriate treatment?
Ireland speaks up. Thousands protest in the streets.

The old U2 song keeps running through my head:

I can't believe the news today
Oh, I can't close my eyes
And make it go away

How long...
How long must we sing this song
How long, how long...
...

Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
(U2 was singing about an incident in 1972, but some of the lyrics apply here. Savita died on Sunday.)

(On YouTube, with complete lyrics)

And there's an echo: a too-often ignored Bible verse, memorized decades ago.
He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8, KJV
Where is the justice for Savita? The mercy?

How long ...?

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2 comments:

Upupaepops said...

I saw that too and my heart cries.

This woman was treated like an item, not a compassionate human.

I cannot imagine the agony her husband went and is going through

Powell River Books said...

I heard about it on the news last night. That is so wrong. - Margy