The midwife manager on St Monica’s Ward at Galway University Hospital has confirmed that she told Savita Halappanavar that a termination could not be carried out because Ireland was a “Catholic country”.
Giving evidence to the Coroner, Ann Maria Burke said:
“She had mentioned the Hindu faith and that in India a termination would be possible”. She said the remark had “come out the wrong way and I’m sorry that I said it…I was trying to be as broad and explanatory as I could. It was nothing to do with medical care at all.”
Pro-life groups such as the American funded Youth Defence have stringently denied that the ‘this is a Catholic country’ phrase was ever used during Savita’s last days.
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