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New guidelines needed after Savita's death

I was horrified and saddened at the death of Savita Halappanavar in University College Hospital, Galway. Her husband requested an acceleration of the inevitable abortion his wife was suffering, as determined by medical staff. He was told that no acceleration would take place because the fetal heart was present and Ireland was a Catholic country.

I have worked as nurse/midwife in hospitals in the north and south of Ireland and female sterilisation's are carried out weekly in breach of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Mater Hospital in Belfast had a Catholic ethos when the State took it over from the Church. This clearly stated that no male/female sterilisation should be carried out. However female sterilisation's have been carried out for years. Clear guidelines are long overdue.

TERESA McGARRY

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