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Savita Halappanavar death tragic but abortion doesn't save women's lives

24 November 2012

The full details of how Ms Halappanavar died are not yet known

The death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland is tragic but does not justify allowing abortion, says SPUC.

SPUC was responding to claims that Mrs Halappanavar's death was due to a hospital's refusal to abort her unborn child by inducing labour. According to reports, Mrs Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she came to the hospital in Galway.

She miscarried and later died from septicaemia. The case is currently subject to investigations.

Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, commented: "The full details of this case are not yet known, so we must await the investigations which have been launched before we can make definitive comments. What we do know is that miscarriage and infection can be managed by proper medical treatment.

"Abortion is not medicine - it does not treat or cure any pathology." [SPUC, 14 November]

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