Abortion, health care, HPV, chronic pain: what I’ve learned from my most popular posts of 2012

I published 97 posts in 2012 and during the year my blog was viewed approximately 970,000 times.  I’m humbled that anyone took the time to read anything that I wrote. Some posts were read by a couple of hundred people and some posts by a couple of hundred thousand. I don’t think the writing on …

Irish Catholic Bishops reveal ignorance in statement on death of Savita Halappanavar

The Irish Catholic Bishops have seen fit to clarify the church’s view on gynecology given Savita Halappanavar’s death from sepsis at 17 weeks in her pregnancy and the concern that evacuating her uterus was delayed because the fetus still had a heart beat. The full statement is here, but this is the excerpt I find …

How sick must a pregnant woman be in Ireland for her doctor to say her life is at risk?

While a full analysis of the tragic case of Savita Halappanavar’s death from sepsis at 17 weeks in her pregnancy is not possible without access to her medical records, there is a key piece of information provided by her husband that supports his claim that a termination was not allowed or was delayed because of …

The panel investigating Savita Halappanavar’s death must change and why

The Irish Health Service Executive has appointed a 7 member panel to investigate Savita Halappanavar’s death from sepsis at 17 weeks in her pregnancy. The problem? There is only one international expert and three of the doctors on the panel work at Galway, the hospital where she died. Her widower is understandably upset and has …

Did Irish Catholic law or malpractice kill Savita Halappanavar?

This is what is known. Savita Halappanavar was 31 years old and happy to be pregnant with her first child. Then, at 17 weeks, tragedy struck and she was “found to be miscarrying.” Her husband reports that she was in “severe pain” for three days at the hospital and a termination was requested. He says …

The Affordable Care Act facilitates State-level abortion restrictions

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislation regarding abortion does not take effect until 2014. Under the ACA, insurers who participate in health insurance exchanges will be free to offer plans with abortion services or not. Individual plans can also choose their degree of abortion coverage (life of mother/rape/incest, have broader coverage for genetic anomalies, or …

US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit mandates that doctors lie to women about abortion

On Tuesday, July 24th the Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis allowed legislation that requires doctors provide women with false information about abortion. A quick recap… A law was passed in South Dakota requiring that doctors tell women seeking abortion that the procedure is associated with an increased risk of suicide. …

The medical nonsense and dangerous precedent of Mississippi’s abortion bill HB 1390

On July 1, 2012 House Bill 1390, signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant, will take effect. This law is designed to restrict the practice of medicine at abortion clinics to such a degree that no provider or clinic can meet the requirements. HB 1390 spells out it’s purpose very clearly in the first lines: …

Why should anti-choice politicians focus on Roe when the states are such easy pickings?

My last post detailed a case in which a young woman with a serious heart condition required a pregnancy termination for medical reasons. She ended up at the State hospital because they offer “free care.” Many of you know that the idea of “free care” at a State hospital is unfortunately a common belief, but …

When a politician decides if the life of the mother is at risk

“I have a 20-year-old with what I can only describe as a poorly repaired heart defect and, uh, suboptimal follow-up,” the cardiologist’s voice was rushed. “That’s no good,” I said. “Yeah, well, it gets worse. She had baby two years ago. Went into heart failure around 36 weeks. I’ve got the records. I have no …