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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She was only telling the truth a bit brutal but never the less !
“A Catholic country” http://t.co/HS4gtCxrW8
Fair play to her for telling the truth after the hospital tried to hide her and denied that anything along those line had been said.
A most peculiar operation done by mad catholic doctors. At last it looks like these women will get some justice. Morrissey, J. The Murder of Infants? Symphysiotomy in Ireland 1944-66 in History Ireland Issue 5 (Sept/Oct 2012) Vol 20, at http://www.historyireland.com/volumes/vol20/?id=115568