Thirty-one-year-old Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland’s University Hospital Galway in October after she was repeatedly denied medical care while suffering a miscarriage.
Halappanavar, an Indian who lived and worked in Ireland with her husband, began miscarrying around October 24, 17 weeks into her her pregnancy. Her cervix had dilated, she was leaking amniotic fluid, and a doctor said the fetus would not survive outside her body. She had the “shakes,” was “shivering” and “vomiting” for several days. Halappanavar and her husband repeatedly asked to terminate the pregnancy, but the hospital refused, telling her “This is a Catholic country” and they could not perform an abortion so long as a fetal heartbeat was detectable. On October 28, Savita Halappanavar died of septicemia (blood poisoning) and E.coli ESBL.
Women in Ireland have had a right to an abortion if their life is at risk since 1992, after an Irish Supreme Court ruling. But today, Ireland’s Minister of Health announced the Irish government will introduce a new law to clarify specifically that abortions are legal when the life of the mother is at risk. However, the health of the mother will still not be reason enough for an Irish doctor to terminate a pregnancy. That is still unacceptable. Keep reading »
Remember how badly Chelsea Clinton was ridiculed by the media when her dad was in office? I don’t, because I was too young to be cognizant, but I’ve heard about it. On Wikipedia and stuff. Well, look at her now! I would like to congratulate the girl on a life (and, yes, outfit) well played. She must get it from her mama, no?
Oh, how I do love a good infographic! This one from Maria Popova’s blog Exp.lore.com is clever: it shows each how women have been elected to higher office in each state throughout history. U.S. Representatives, U.S. Senators and Governors are represented by a different color, which then mix together in a rainbow of colors if the particular state has a bunch of women in different branches. This infographic is pre-2012 election data — us ladies won big, so there are some more states that should be pink! — but it’s still nevertheless a fascinating way to display the info. [Exp.lore.com]
“For the first time, there was a traffic jam in the Senate women’s bathroom. There were five of us in there, and there are only two stalls.”
– Senator Amy Klobluchar (D-Minn.) on how the record number of women serving in the Senate (20!) is causing problems in the ladies’ room. Good to know that even lady senators take a long time to pee. May there be many more ladies’ room traffic jams — and a few more stalls, geez, people — in decades to come. [Washington Post]
A young dentist named Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland because University Hospital Galway repeatedly refused to perform an abortion. Doctors would not terminate the clearly-failing pregnancy while she was undergoing a painful miscarriage because the fetal heartbeat was still present. Her fetus was eventually removed from her body when the heartbeat stopped, but not after she suffered over three days in pain. After her liver, heart and kidneys slowed and were barely functioning, Halappanavar died at age 31 of septicemia (blood poisoning) and E.coli ESBL. Keep reading »
Hey, if Jesse Ventura, Arnold Schwarzenegger and various and sundry porn stars can run for office, so can Ashley Judd. The actress, women’s rights activist and philanthropist is allegedly being touted by Kentucky politicos as a good Democrat to challenge Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014. Judd, who used to live in KY and now resides in Tennessee, has herself made comments about running for office some say. A Huffington Post political analyst divulged on MSNBC as well that “the money people in Kentucky want Ashley Judd.” I wouldn’t complain: she’s super intelligent and has a compassionate heart. Women may have won big on Tuesday, but not big enough, I say. [USA Today] [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
“I was a double major in college in mathematics and political science, and I served for six years on the House Budget Committee in my first six years in the House. And I am very confident that when proposals come before the U.S. Senate, I will be able to evaluate them as to how they benefit or harm middle-class Wisconsinites. A yardstick of ‘does it create jobs,’ ‘does it lower the deficit’ and ‘does it help grow the middle class’ is an important one. I’m quite confident that I have those abilities.”
– This is Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the senator-elect in Wisconsin, in response to some laughable mansplaining on account of WI’s Senator Ron Johnson. Baldwin has served in office for two years longer than Johnson and, as stated above, she was a freaking math major with six years on the House Budget Committee in her state. Yet Senator Johnson told the Associated Press he was hopeful he could sit down with her and “lay out for her my best understanding of the federal budget because they’re simply the facts. Hopefully she’ll agree with what the facts are and work toward common sense solutions.” Oh, Senator Johnson, whatever would your longer-serving female colleague do without you?! Thank goodness she has someone to “lay out” YOUR “understanding” for her. [Huffington Post]