This is simply the inevitable outcome of “pro-life” thinking: denying a woman medical treatment because her foetus – a foetus which is going to die anyway – is more important than she is.
Because “pro-life” attitudes result in laws which value a dying foetus over a live woman. Because “pro-life” laws create situations where doctors – people who, “pro-lifers” are so fond of telling us, are Sworn To Do No Harm – are so afraid of the legal consequences, so bound by illogical, irrational regulations (and, depending on how you read that “this is a Catholic country” comment, so married to their personal religious beliefs) that they will stand by while a woman goes through incredible pain and dies.
Because hey, the doomed foetus had a fuckin’ heartbeat, people. And we know how much pro-lifers love heartbeats. As long as they belong to a foetus, of course, and not a living, breathing, thinking, loved woman.
Who is now dead. Because antichoicers imposed their morality on her even at the expense of her life in the name of a going-to-die-anyway foetus.
It’s just so fucking ridiculous, so fucking illogical, it almost makes you wonder whether the motivations of “pro-lifers” are really what they claim.
Or, you know, they could just actually hate women.
PS. Not all women can get pregnant; not all pregnant people are women.
PPS. Oh, and yes, this happens in New Zealand, too. The circumstances are less clear – maybe a whole lot of doctors simply forgot how to practise medicine well, instead of maliciously endangering a woman’s life for the sake of a foetus – but whatever the case, this should never happen to anyone.
Update: This article gives some more horrifying context to the bullshit situation of abortion in Ireland.