Last week, a young Indian man in Ireland went public about the death of his wife, Savita Halappanavar. A week later, her name, picture, and tragic story are known by millions. Now the husband, Praveen, has launched a fight to ensure that no woman ever again is refused a lifesaving abortion. Her parents have requested that the Indian government bring diplomatic pressure to bear.
I wonder, why did she not opt to go abroad to receive the required medical care as it became increasingly clear that she wasn’t going to get it at home and her life became increasingly imperiled?
Even if her senseless death doesn’t immediately get this law repealed, loved ones can take a grim solace in knowing that cases like these are the cracks in the dam that will eventually rid us of this abominable stupidity.
Posted by Intomorrow on 11/28 at 11:04 AM
It must be pointed out over ‘n over abortion is primary a wedge-issue. True that some do believe in the pro ‘life’ position, believe they are attempting to protect the sanctity of life; yet the superseding interest is to divide not unite.
What turned me radically against Rightists is how one day they are as Paul of Tarsus; the next they are Adam Smith; the day after that, Charles Darwin—though in a way such is missing the point, missing that many are being contrarians and it is only to be expected they should hold shifty positions. A radical conservative is the most unpredictable of creatures.
But the very spirituality they promote gets lost in the shuffle.
Posted by SHaGGGz on 11/28 at 10:22 PM
@Intomorrow: They pick and choose among those disparate names/ideologies the aspects that they can use to further their true aim, which is raw, unthinking, ultimately self-destroying power. In this sense, it’s not even accurate to say that they serve one “ideology” or another - there’s no conceptual “there” there.