But in this case the doctors made a mistake, probably because of both their own and the states prejudices/ legal framework in the matter. On the other hand, hindsight is a wonderful thing. Did the doctors know the baby was dieing anyway, and if so would that have made a difference? I assume even Irish law allows for an abortion where the mothers life is in serious danger.
Yes, the doctors knew the fetus would not make it and told her so three days before the fetal heartbeat stopped. The really ridiculous thing is they would not leave a women in active labor for three days with a dilated cervix because the risk of infection is so great. In the old days midwives had a saying that you never let the sun set twice on a laboring woman or you will lose both mother and child.
Edited by FurthurBB, 18 November 2012 - 02:33 PM.