Episode 33 – For Savita

No joke title this time. Please heed the warning at the top of the show if you find any of the topics mentioned upsetting.

We tackle the unfolding news story of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar. Here are a few links that we mentioned or where you can find more information: Campaign website Savita’s Laws. How the case is being portrayed in her home country. The document used to assert that Ireland is the 15th safest place to give birth, it is one of the safest place without abortion to give birth based on figures that are now getting a little old. Following on from that, how concern over Irish maternal deaths it not all predicated on this one case. A brief history of birth control and abortion, including references to it as an ancient practice. Some of David-Robert’s Grimes’ articles on these topics can be found here and here. And for “balance” the pro-life organisations referenced in the show, here and here.

4 thoughts on “Episode 33 – For Savita

  1. I want to say an earnest thank you for being the first Irish commentary I have heard or read that has admitted at least some personal culpability for Savita’s death. There seems to be a reflexive urge to exclusively blame spineless politicians in successive governments for failing to legislate for X. Without excusing the failure of the politicians, I think we have to look to ourselves as the electorate and ask: why were we so complacent when we voted these people in and we never asked about or demanded that abortion legislation be part of the program for government? The 1999 all party report on abortion by the government speaks volumes by the lack of voice or organization by the pro choice movement: http://www.reddit.com/r/ireland/comments/13cofq/1999_all_party_report_on_abortion_reading_it/

    • It is a very good question John, especially today when there was a very large protest against any changes to legislate for the X case this evening in Dublin. I think the Irish apathy extends to much more than just this topic and is infuriating if you feel strongly about many issues we are facing. It’s an endemic feature of our population, something I’ve witnessed ever since I was a head girl back in secondary school! For some reason we seem just don’t organise coherently behind many progressive movements. I think with pro choice things are changing, but there is a lot of work to be done.

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