I am disturbed reading the news of death of this Indian woman Dr. Savita Halappanavar. All the more the reason of her death is much more upsetting and disgusting i.e. being denied abortion/termination of her pregnancy because it is an illegal act in Ireland. I am not here to comment or judge on the historicity of such a Law which makes Abortion illegal but share my agony,anger ,abhorrence which fails to negotiate with my sense of reasoning.
My deepest condolence to the family. Death is the only truth of life, the antithesis of life seems unacceptable and unreasonable every time when we lose a near or a dear one.The loss is irreparable be it a natural death leave aside an accident or a cause of death like this. Why I say this is perhaps not only my emotional upheaval but also a certain set of reasoning and belief which I believe every right thinking person /law-abiding citizen should agree to a certain degree(if not completely,however because the difference of opinion/ideas paves the way for a just interpretation ending in a logical/rational say.)
As a human(man/woman/LGBT))I have a full right over my body , how come at the first place this personal dwelling be regulated to such an extent that a law can seize my right to take a decision for my own self to pro create or go for an abortion.
To defend an irrational law by bringing in a draconian religious dicta for “pro-life” doesn’t in any way substantiate my anguish that any woman can at a legitimate state be ever denied her basic right to choose to go ahead with the pregnancy or not.
I am not anti-life but then one has choices /options only till a kid is unborn,the day it is there in this world you have a full responsibility for that child.
What if the pregnancy is out of a rape (by the husband or otherwise)?
What if even after conceiving the couple feels that they are not ready to take up the responsibility aptly for a good upbringing of the child?
What if such an incident occurs which was never anticipated denying them the liberty to carry on with the conception?
Hence a many what’s and why’s to the unforeseeable fluky sequel ? Family planning is a very personal issue hardly affecting any social system till the offspring who will be a grown up individual one day affects the society by his good/bad deeds primarily for the kind of upbringing he had.The issue seems unreasonable because it is not practical to the contemporary society where a basic human right is being denied.Imposing one’s religious belief through practices like this seems an ungodly manner.
Okay What if I don’t believe in religion or god at the first place? Again confusing religion and god is a misconceived notion for many of us(The Irony being that I am yet to believe any even if I am a born christian and practicing christainity on papers only and even though this religious discourse leads to invade the peace & harmony of my marital bliss every time me & my husband sit down debating /discussing religion/God/faith/beleif, he being a firm God fearing religious Christian).The set of cultural,social,belief system(i.e. religion) is no where supreme to being humane and compassionate at the first place.Leave aside the concept of ” God” which for a person like me who is still exploring/evolving to discover the buffer zone of atheism & agnosticism seems to be an abstract,imaginary metaphysical entity “He is himself , an evolution of concepts that attempted to tame man’s initial ignorance”. With due respect to people practicing any faith/religion/Gods/Goddesses I vow my opinion.
In this global world where migration of people is an order of the day we can not afford to be insensitive to one’s belief/religion/faith or worship..So the point is a woman lost her life in such an unfortunate incident.We all aspire to give the best possible future to our children through ideal principles,manners,education & articulated upbringing.I am here advocating for a reasonable and lawful abortion and unethical act like say for female foeticide is a strong “NO”. The law of any nation I believe is able enough to stand the test of time evolve and ably regulate and monitor people,places, customs or anything.
The investigation is on, many are terming it as a “medical negligence” but I contradict it by judging the position of that doctor who has this flickering light of terror which is always at the back of his mind reminding him of the punishment of “life imprisonment” for carrying out an abortion.There is ambiguity about the law and even the recent judgement of Irish Supreme court that in such a critical condition the mother should be saved, is not a help because the law hasn’t been amended yet.The law/statue anywhere is black and white,it is not in a mid way.It is the interpretation of law in which the trial is conducted but there has to be a clear cut law at the first place.The doctors are always under the threat to face the consequence. Agreeing to the fact that even if there had been a medical error/judgement/negligence on the part of the doctors this ambiguity in law gives a room to benefit of doubt to the accused.
It is equally important for people like us to realize who willingly go to work in other countries for a better life,opportunity measuring all the parameters of happiness/success/contentment being the amount of money we earn.The trend of delivering a child in developed countries like USA where a person is citizen by birth is a astute fashion for resident aliens. Migration also has an inbuilt subconscious acceptance that you have to abide by the rules/regulations and laws of that country so if one has a problem with their legitimacy you are free to raise your voice(but remember you are an alien anyways a second class citizen).
[Disclaimer: this is not with reference to anyone particular/specific in person]
[Irony: I am also an resident alien by now]
Child-birth is such a rigorous/life threatening process and in every case it has it’s own medical uncertainties and complications involved, I still feel that the tragedy could have been averted if they would have delivered the baby back home knowing the stringent laws in case of any adversity but destiny as it is.
Sadly it has been predominantly accepted that the developed countries are the only pioneers of successful and a happy life but the laws like these brings me back to senses that the line sadly blurs when there is a debate of equality,secularism,human rights and the same.
I just wish that Ireland amends its laws keeping in interest of its religious dogmas and also the basic right of every woman over her body (hence her soul) & leading a life of dignity and respect.