Savita Halappanavar, 17 weeks pregnant, was miscarrying. There was no chance that the fetus would survive. In excruciating pain, Savita asked for an abortion. The hospital, University Hospital Galway in Ireland, refused. Why? There was still a fetal heartbeat, and as Savita and her husband were told, “this is a Catholic country”.
They forced Savita to wait, “in agony”, for another two days until the fetus died. By that time, she had to be taken into intensive care, and died a few days later of septicemia and E. coli infection.
I recall not too long ago the right-wing extremists were screaming about “Death Panels” that would be instituted if the government was allowed to help people pay for health care. Turns out they’re still screaming about it actually, I’ve tuned out the crazy people enough that I didn’t realize they hadn’t gotten over it yet.
And yet the REAL Death Panels – the people who actually look at someone and say “Nope, we won’t treat you even though we can easily do so. You get to die slowly in agony for no reason.” – are right-wing extremists. I am not the least bit surprised. Whenever you want to know what a right-wing extremist is guilty of, simply look at what he’s most vehemently screaming about. It’s almost a cliche.