Also, to add a bit of debate to this debate, here's an article on a statement from the main pro-life group in Ireland, Youth Defence.
Savita death ‘not caused by Ireland’s ban on abortion’ – Youth Defence
Of course, blame the journalists. It's so easy that way.
There's more of them kind of people in Ireland than I like to think about.
One comment I saw earlier summed this situation up quite well.
"If 84% of the country support an organisation whose beliefs include being anti-abortion, anti-gay rights and indeed, anti-progress, then expect this to happen.
The Church is solely responsible for this woman’s death and the 84% of this population who support them are individually complicit in it.
Thank you, Catholic Ireland, for destroying the life of an innocent woman who had absolutely nothing to do with your beliefs. Thank you for inserting yourself into our schools, our hospitals and our Government and a massive thank you to the 84% of this country who give that church its mandate and power.
Thank you for continually forcing the values of a book written thousands of years ago, which teaches us NOTHING about life, on modern society, while we’re here with a robot on Mars and being able to use DNA as a form of computer memory as a result of the discoveries made by people who have nothing to do with your stupid book (90% of those registered to the academy of science in the US are atheist).
Well, Catholics, I suppose you can take solace in the fact that your beliefs and your church’s teachings maintain that the poor baby is now in “heaven” while the mother, who through purely not being a Catholic, is now in the “fiery pits of Hell” and is going to be tortured for eternity.
As someone who was raised Catholic and attended a Catholic school for 12 years, I believe that comment is a bit extreme. "Not being Catholic" doesn't ensure "fiery pits of hell" and I would argue that many of the messages in the Bible, thematically, can be applied to modern day relations with others, or "life," as the commenter puts it. However, I agree the Bible should not be used as a scientific guide, and is not a 100% accurate accounting of history. It isn't taught that way in Catholic teaching, either.
I do not necessarily agree with Catholic teachings on sexuality, abortions, gay marriage, women's roles, etc. and therefore I hesitate to even call myself a practicing Catholic, although I do agree with some teachings and I don't think being religious is necessarily a bad thing if you live a good life and don't follow your religion blindly. But hearing things like this is very frustrating and I can understand why religion gets such a bad rep. This is truly a devastating story.
What I was taught in my high school is abortion is OK in a situation where the baby will die anyway -- the most common instance is a fallopian tube baby. One of my teachers, a devout Catholic, had an abortion because her baby would have died if it continued to grow in her fallopian tube and she would have died as well. She was open to talking with us about it and said it was in line with Catholic teachings. So, what I don't understand is if they knew this baby would die anyway, why didn't they perform the abortion and at least save the mother? (I mean, I guess if it's illegal they can't, but still, their basis for it being illegal is the teaching... you get what I'm saying?)