The tragic loss of Savita and baby

On October 21, a 31-year-old woman named Savita died in an Irish hospital after turning septic. She was pregnant and wanted to terminate the pregnancy because it was making her dangerously sick and doctors refused saying that Ireland is a “Catholic country” and is against abortion.

Now, I’m upset for a lot of reasons.

1. In Ireland it is legal to induce labor when a mother’s life is in danger, even if the unborn baby will likely die.

2. The Catholic Church teaches that it is permissible to carry out those procedures as well, when a mother’s life is in danger.

Pope Pius said in 1951: “the saving of the life of the future mother … should urgently require a surgical act or other therapeutic treatment which would have as an accessory consequence, in no way desired nor intended, but inevitable, the death of the fetus, such an act could no longer be called a direct attempt on an innocent life. Under these conditions the operation can be lawful, like other similar medical interventions — granted always that a good of high worth is concerned, such as life, and that it is not possible to postpone the operation until after the birth of the child, nor to have recourse to other efficacious remedies.”

The Catholic Herald states that this tragedy should not be made into a pro-abortion/anti-abortion issue. What happened to Savita was unjust and criminal.

From the same article: “Ireland, in fact, has one of the lowest death rates of mothers in pregnancy anywhere in the world. That didn’t help Mrs Halappanavar or her baby, both of whom were lost because normal medical practice in Ireland was not followed after a grossly misplaced application to her case, by those treating her, of a heretical misreading of Catholic moral law. These tragic deaths cannot justify the replacement of the world’s most civilised abortion law by the pro-death laws now almost universal throughout Europe. Catholics everywhere should pray for Ireland in these politically dangerous times”

So that is why I am angry.

We, as Catholics, need to understand our faith and then we need to share it with others. There is no error in Catholic doctrine, there is error in the perception of doctrine. There is error in the way we, as fallible human beings, carry out that doctrine.

But in the end it’s not about that, it’s about praying for Savita’s family and the immense loss they are facing because of this injustice.

Open letter to President Obama

Dear Mr. President,

This is most likely not a surprise but I didn’t vote for you. However, you are my President and since you are representing the American people, let me give you some suggestions:

1. Somehow you won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 (and you said it yourself, you were “surprised”, we all were) but there is a lot of evidence that suggests that peace is not something you are promoting. This CNN article talks about how your national security plan seems to be completely comprised of drone usage, and frankly that terrifies me. As the photos suggest, your enemies may be eliminated but so are innocent individuals. You have authorized 283 attacks on Pakistan and “as a result, the number of estimated deaths from the Obama administration’s drone strikes is more than four times what it was during the Bush administration — somewhere between 1,494 and 2,618.”  Excessive violence does not make peace.

2. I do not want to pay for the birth control of others and I do not want individuals to be fined for not having Obamacare. I realize that these are apparently alleged terms to your Affordable Care Act, but you promised a Conscience Clause and you have not provided that so you will forgive me if I am pessimistic.

3. I’m not sure about this, but I don’t know how much you can actually do about gay marriage rights. Historically speaking, it has been a state level decision and because of the whole separation of powers thing I’m not sure you can promise change.

4. I realize that it took more than 4 years to demolish our economy so obviously it will take more than 4 years to repair it, but please try to repair it. You promised to lessen the national debt and we have plunged even deeper into it.

5. I would like less of this:

and a greater attendance of your security meetings.

6. And I don’t like this or this.

You promised a lot of change when you ran 4 years ago and I’m not sure what change has really occurred. People are truly enamored by your personality and your charisma which are traits of a great leader, but they need to be coupled with a knowledge of your people and actually taking action.

Praying for you,

God Bless,

Caitlin