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Rush to judgment in Irish miscarriage tragedy

November 15, 2012

Irish columnist David Quinn points out that very little is known about the medical details surrounding the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, who died of septicemia after complications in pregnancy. But one thing that is clear, Quinn shows, is that the public uproar blaming her death on Catholic teaching is misguided. Neither Church teaching nor Irish law would have required doctors to send the young woman home when she was undergoing a painful miscarriage and her life was in danger.


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  • Posted by: AnnH - Nov. 15, 2012 6:57 PM ET USA

    As far as I know, she wasn't sent home. Unless I've missed some report, she stayed in hospital the whole time. But it's true that neither Church teaching nor Irish law would have opposed treating her.