A lot of you have probably heard about the sad story of Savita.  A woman who died in Ireland because the doctors deemed her dying unborn baby to be more important than her life.   Here is the article.  I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw the story on Facebook yesterday. And then on Reddit. And then from another Facebook post. And then thousands of articles about it on Google news. The story was so sad. And what shocked me even more is that it happened in a hospital I walk past almost every day.

And from what I’ve come to know of the Irish system of bureaucracy, I wasn’t surprised that a totally innocent, non-Catholic woman died in the name of the religious rite. A few weeks ago, during election time, I remember hearing Irish news talk about how American politics were so much more concerned with social issues like abortion and gay rights–and they certainly didn’t say that as if it were a good thing. More of a, why are they so concerned with those issues?  The students I’ve talked to have more or less had the attitude of, oh, people just go to England for abortions. It’s illegal here, but it’s not really a big deal. That’s just how it is.  Total complacency. But when their tuition goes up 250 euro…they suddenly know how to stand up to the government and organize marches and protests.

I’m not trying to be an expert on Irish government or anything, but I can’t help but have an opinion.  Now all the articles are about how the Irish government is going to rectify the situation, and clarify the law.  Too bad they didn’t do that before someone died. Too bad the political analysts were pointing fingers at Americans when they could have been looking at their own government.

It’s absolutely maddening. I can’t imagine the pain of  losing your wife and unborn child, in a situation where she could have lived. He had to watch her go through days of agony. As if that isn’t enough, the whole situation is thrown in to the public eye at the center of a political scandal. It seems like in situations regarding death and politics, the people become fictional.  These are REAL people.  Real people with real lives and families and jobs.  When we will we stop letting people die for reasons like this?? I mean, the restricted access to life saving abortion in a developed country is one sad situation, and there are thousands of others out there.  There’s that big one out there–war. A 3 letter word to describe a whole lot of awful.

I’m only waiting for the political statements, “at least something good came from it” or “it was gods plan”.  Fuck religion. Seriously. Fuck it.

2 thoughts on “Savita

  1. Damn straight, M.C. Religion sheds a primitive, unreasonable flavour upon the world that is spelled out to people clearly like with the monstrous article you describe. But despite this continuing horror with sporadic incidents such as this begging us to reconsider religion’s place in civilised cultures, it is unfortunately SO ingrained and the apologists SO slimy, how much better can the future be in this regard? I see only slow and rare victories for us atheists. What do you see? I’m keen to know what you think.

  2. Hi Woody,
    Thanks for stopping by and thanks for commenting. On one hand I feel the same way you do. But on the other hand, I feet that with the explosion of information people have access in a lightning fast and simple way is really improving our society and casting some serious shadows on the world of religion. I think the idea of religion being ingrained is slowly but surely going to be less and less and true. I’m sure there will always be pocket communities where the religious rite is stronger and more powerful, but I’ve seen some and I hope to see more victories for the atheists. While I don’t think the atheist or secular population should try to unite under a single voice or a single doctrine, I think it is important that the world stops hearing “atheist” with all of the negative connotations and stops rolling their eyes at the idea of secularism. Sometimes, the big picture of what is going on, like this horrible example in Ireland, are scary and make us feel that we’ve made no progress and we aren’t on track to any. But hearing about more and more people ditching their religion, about people standing up and speaking their mind, about students in classrooms engaging in tough discussions, I feel a spark of hope. It may be slow going, and who knows what kind of change I’ll encounter in my life time. On a daily basis I feel a tug of despair and a tug of hope.

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