Woman Denied Abortion
by dominiquedifiore on November 12, 2014 - 10:27am
The article Woman Denied an Abortion in Republic of Ireland was Raped was published on August 18th, 2014 on the BBC News website. It describes what happened to a woman (her name is not mentioned due to privacy policies) who was raped and got pregnant after it happened. This particular woman demanded to have an abortion, after being eight weeks pregnant, but the health staff categorically refused to end her pregnancy until they could safely remove the baby by caesarean section. According to the law, in Ireland, it is illegal to get an abortion. However a new law was imposed stating that abortion is permitted if the woman is at risk of suicide. In the case of this woman, two psychiatrists and an obstetrician came to the conclusion that she was at risk of suicide. Yet, the health staff still did not want to permit an abortion. Unfortunately for her, she did not have the chance to travel to another country to get an abortion, because she was a foreign national, and so, her immigration status in Ireland prevented her from travelling freely out of the state to get the abortion she desired. The woman was so vulnerable that she went on a hunger strike, because they refused her abortion. Finally, the baby was delivered prematurely 25 weeks into her pregnancy and the child has now been taken into the care of the state.
After acknowledging the situation that this woman went trough, is it ethical to refuse an abortion to her after she as been raped and got pregnant with a baby she never wanted in the first place, also knowing that this woman could be at risk of killing herself if she does not get this abortion? By considering this ethical question for this particular woman, a general ethical question that could apply to other woman wanting an abortion should also be considered. This more general ethical question would be something along the lines of; under what circumstances is an abortion moral? Is it always moral to get abortion?
"Woman Denied Abortion 'was Raped'" BBC News. N.p., 18 Aug. 2014. Web. 12 Nov.