Irish church breaks silence on Indian woman’s death

The prelate rejected criticism that Ireland was not a safe place for pregnant women.

Posted on November 20, 2012, 5:09 PM

London:The Irish Church has termed the death an Indian woman in that country after she was denied abortion as “terrible disaster.”

Reacting for the first time after Savita Halappanavar’s on Oct. 28, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said, “here’s a family that six weeks ago was going into what should have been one of the happiest moments of their lives — the birth of a new child.

Now the whole thing has collapsed into a terrible disaster . . . you just don’t know how the father is standing up to such a terrible disaster,” he said.

The archbishop’s comments came as 53 members of the European Parliament, in a strongly-worded letter to Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny, demanded immediate legislation to allow abortion in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.

Halappanavar’s life was in danger if the fetus was allowed in her body for long. The doctor refused to conduct the abortion stating that it was not allowed in “Catholic” Ireland.

The Irish Times reported that when asked about the silence of church figures, including himself, so far, the archbishop said they did not know the facts of the case.

The prelate rejected criticism that Ireland was not a safe place for pregnant women and said he was “a little distressed at some of the reaction.”

Despite international outrage, he was “not ashamed to be Irish,” he said.

Source: thehindu.com

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