What happens when women whose lives are in danger are denied abortions?

Sometimes they die…

Savita Halappanavar, 31 years old and 17 weeks pregnant, presented with back pain at Ireland’s University Hospital Galway on October 21st, and was found to be miscarrying.

Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar (34), an engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, says she asked several times over a three-day period that the pregnancy be terminated. He says that, having been told she was miscarrying, and after one day in severe pain, Ms Halappanavar asked for a medical termination.

This was refused, he says, because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told, “this is a Catholic country”.

Even though Halappanavar, a Hindu, was emphatic that she was neither Irish nor Catholic, and even though she developed shakes and shivering and was vomiting, the hospital said there was nothing to be done.

Two and a half days later, the fetal heartbeat stopped. Heartbreaking, but the story gets even worse.

After the dead fetus was removed, Halappanavar was taken to intensive care where she died on the Oct. 28. Two days later, an autopsy found she succumbed to septicaemia and E.coli ESBL.

No woman should ever lose her life when medical treatment could have saved her life.

Domestic Violence and the GOP War on Women

In the wake of the Azana Salon & Spa shootings, the media around town published letters, articles and op-ed pieces asking “WHY”.

One particularly heartfelt question came from an area doctor via a letter to the editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Here’s the most pertinent question from the letter:

What is it about our enlightened society that so many men think it is OK to control, dominate, hurt and kill women who dare to say “no” or “enough” to them? Domestic violence spills over and puts our entire society at risk.

From what we’ve seen this past year, I would have to question whether we are actually living in an enlightened society. The fact that domestic violence remains so prevalent would be one example that supports the fact that we remain unenlightened. I won’t go into other issues here because I don’t want to diminish the seriousness of domestic violence.

But why are we surprised when a mean spirited and manipulative misogynist attacks the woman in his life when we all see these examples of misogyny in our society?

Republican Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock: “When life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something God intended to happen.”

Republican Senator and Former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum: “The right approach is to accept this horribly created in the sense of rape, but nevertheless…a gift of human life, and accept what God is giving you.”

Republican Congressman and Senate Candidate Todd Akin: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Republican Congressman and Former Presidential Candidate Ron Paul: If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, I would give them a shot of estrogen:”

Our own State Representative Roger Rivard: “If you go down that road, some girls, they rape so easy.”

Republicans up and down the board support the Blunt Amendment to limit women’s access to affordable birth control.

Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney adds de-funding Planned Parenthood one of his day one initiatives.

Republican Representative Steve King has never heard of anyone getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

Police Departments don’t enforce the laws about taking suspected abusers into custody when confronted with domestic violence situations.

Politicians wanting to usurp women’s control over their own bodies not without a great deal of similarity to sharia law?

And the deafening silence from the much of the media or the pundits and apologists (yes they’ve been trying to spin this nonsense).

The Republican party officers who don’t just flat out dump these jerks from their party.

Under these circumstances and many many more…why wouldn’t an abusive man think he’s going to get away with it? Or worse yet, continue to think this is acceptable behavior?

It’s time these ideas from the 14th Century be ended once and for all! Vote in favor of women’s safety. Vote in favor of women’s health. Vote if favor of an enlightened society in the United States.

Campaign Teaching Public to NOT Believe Mr. Romney

When I first heard about Mr. Romney stating he wasn’t going to repeal all of Obamacare and later that he had no plans to introduce anti-abortion legislation if elected, my initial response was, wow, Mitt Romney can’t move to the middle fast enough…well that’s not really what’s happening.

So after candidate Romney says something in front of the cameras that isn’t the campaign position…his campaign staff quikcly walks the statement back…and back…and back…so what is the truth? The verbal statements from the candidate or the reversal statements from the campaign?

Here’s a detailed analysis from Rachel Maddow: