Paul Lachine

Ein Tod in Galway

NEW YORK – Das Schicksal von Savita Halappanavar, einer 31-jährigen Zahnärztin aus Indien, die mit ihrem Mann nach Irland gezogen war, findet nach wie vor weltweite Aufmerksamkeit. Halappanavar war schwanger und starb, nachdem Ärzte sich aufgrund des irischen Abtreibungsverbots geweigert hatten, ihren 17 Wochen alten Fötus zu entfernen – obwohl sie offensichtlich erkannt hatten, dass der Fötus nicht lebensfähig war, und Halappanavar auf der Intensivstation lag, wo sich ihr Zustand verschlechterte.

Indische Aktivisten sind empört. “Für Männer gibt es keine Regeln, wann, wo oder wie ihnen medizinische Hilfe zuteil werden soll, aber die Regierungen erlassen Gesetze, die den Zugang von Frauen zu sicherer Abtreibung vorschreiben, erschweren oder einschränken”, sagte Anjali Sen, die Südasien-Direktorin des Internationalen Verbands für Familienplanung. “Durch richtige und notwendige Pflege hätte ihr Leben gerettet werden können. Dass Ärzte ihr beim Sterben zugeschaut haben, anstatt sie zu retten, ist unverzeihlich.”

Am 21. Oktober litt Halappanavar unter extremen Schmerzen. Nachdem sie erfuhr, dass der Fötus nicht überleben und sie eine Fehlgeburt haben würde, bat sie nach Aussage ihres Ehemanns wiederholt um einen Schwangerschaftsabbruch. Aber Halappanavar und ihr Mann erfuhren, dass Irland ein katholisches Land sei, das Herz des Fötus immer noch schlug und ein Abbruch daher nicht in Frage käme. Halappanavar starb an Blutvergiftung, und ihre Familie ist sicher, dass diese durch eine Abtreibung hätte verhindert werden können.

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