Apr 07 2015
In 2009 a pregnant woman, a Jehovah’s Witness, was diagnosed in an Australian hospital with leukaemia. She refused the treatment due to her beliefs and also the suggestion to deliver her baby via C Section due to her anti-blood stance. Both she and the baby died, the baby died first from the effects of her cancer and she died weeks after from organ failure. But should she have been allowed to make such a choice for herself and her baby? Yes!
I don’t agree with that woman’s choice but what I do believe in is that she was allowed to make that choice. What is society for? for forcing treatment on that woman against her will? sectioning her, imprisoning her in hospital on a ward with her arms tied down and drips forced into her veins to administer chemo? don’t sneer…that is exactly happens here in the Republic of Ireland, that good ol’ bastion of Roman Catholic doctrine that women are vessels and incubators for growing fetuses and little else. We have had several women in recent years here held in hospital against their will, female rape victims sectioned and held by the Irish State for requesting an abortion and threatening suicide if refused. The State held one 18 year old African asylum seeker last year in hospital in Dublin against her will as she was suicidal having been raped in Africa and begged for an abortion. She was held in hospital until she was 24 weeks and a C Section was forced on her and the baby taken even though she never consented. Women in Ireland have NO choice at all – it is birth at all costs, pregnancy is compulsory once confirmed and the State WILL detain a woman in hospital if they suspect she will try to seek a termination.
It is terrible that a woman would choose to die with her baby rather than live, but for the State to be allowed to interfere and take control of her body and the fetus inside just cannot be allowed in Australia as it is here in Ireland. Every individual must have bodily autonomy – it is no woman’s fault that we were designed the way we are and that the fetus is inextricably tied to ours for 9 months, but the woman’s wishes must always be prioritised because the alternative – giving the State control over a woman’s womb – is happening here every day and it is horrific.Copyright © 2007-2015 Cultured Views. All rights reserved.