Ireland’s Health Service Executive has begun an investigation into the hospital where a woman died after being refused the abortion that would have saved her life, according to the Irish Times. Thirty-one-year-old Savita Halappanavar arrived at University Hospital Galway seventeen weeks pregnant and complaining of back pain. Although doctors told her she was miscarrying, they refused to terminate the pregnancy as long as there was a fetal heartbeat because, they said, Ireland is a “Catholic country.” A week later, Halappanavar died from blood poisoning in the intensive care unit. Politicians are already using the case to advocate for clearer abortion in laws in Ireland, where abortion is still largely illegal (most women travel to the U.K.), but gaining popular support. Hospitals are reluctant to perform abortions because the laws are so vague, but the island’s first abortion clinic opened last month. Now everyone forward this terrible story to defeated Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh.
Most Viewed Stories
Playboy Pinups From the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s on Meeting the Male Gaze Then — and Now
Ask Polly: How Do I Get My Husband to Act Like a Man?
Watch: How to Look Less Tired in 1 Quick Step
What I Learned About Privilege by Joining a Frat
We Started the Crusade for Affirmative Consent Way Back in the ’90s
25 Famous Women on Their College Lives
Introducing Health Goth, a New Lifestyle Trend
Anne Hathaway Messed Up a Party
College Sex Is the Worst Sex, and That’s Okay
How to Get Justice for Your Leaked Nudes
From Our Partners
The Letter From School That Stopped Me in My Tracks
7 Coats That Will Never Go Out Of Style
20 of the Best Drugstore Beauty Buys
A Guide To Doing Anal With Your Boyfriend
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Love and War FeaturesThe iPhone 6 and Denim: Sworn Inanimate Enemies
Pockets, dye — when will it end?Kat Dennings Had a Wednesday Addams Phase
Didn't we all?What I Learned About Privilege by Joining a Frat
There was more to the experience than male bonding and warm Natty Light.Jennifer Lawrence Bought a Very Nancy Meyers House
Ample kitchen.Anne Hathaway Messed Up a Party
At Matthew McConaughey's.Beyoncé and Jay Z Renewed Their Wedding Vows
Fresh love.14 Great Places to Hang Out When You Just Got Dumped
Better than Paris, better even than KFC.Introducing Health Goth, a New Lifestyle Trend
Lifestyle — or DEATHstyle?Female Astronauts Are Cheaper to Send to Mars
Reports Kate Greene.Ask Polly: How Do I Get My Husband to Act Like a Man?
If you don't want to wear the pants, then take the pants off.
On Tumblr.Lena Dunham’s Book Gave Zadie Smith Noun-Shame
At the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Unbound series.The Trailer for the First Ever Joan Didion Documentary Is Here!
How many times can we watch this in a day?Miley Cyrus Remembers Which Outfits Got Her Laid
"Wearing a skirt that got me lucky last time."Whoever Taped This Kim K. Instagram to a Planet Fitness Elliptical Is All of Us
Spotted at the Planet Fitness in Bushwick.Humans: Impressively Skilled at Spotting Cheaters
Two studies from Brigham Young University.College Sex Is the Worst Sex, and That’s Okay
Modern students are sex-positive, highly educated, and as awkward as always.Renée Zellweger Knows She Looks Different
Get out of her face, everyone.
When the Womyn of Antioch introduced the concept we were mocked on Saturday Night Live. What changed for Columbia’s Mattress Girl?Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Enjoy Time Outside
An art-sex correlation analysis.It’s Not Censorship to Ignore You
Gamergate exemplifies anti-feminist free-speech paranoia.The Instagram Generation Goes to College
How women are documenting their undergrad experiences.Would You Actually Pay to Tinder?
Money for the swipe right.Meet the Man Telling Colleges How to Fix Their Rape Problem
Attorney Brett Sokolow has been busy lately.Americans Spend Obscene Sums on Halloween Costumes for Pets
Hundreds of millions.King Tut Is a Victim of Body Shame
Posthumously.Geena Davis Trolled Ann Taylor Customers by Pretending to Be a Mannequin
Retail pranks.‘I Was a 4-Year Queer’: 15 Straight(ish) People on Their Gay Time in College
It's a time to learn about yourself.Nicki Minaj Was a Warrior for All Waitresses Who Have Had Pens Stolen
A story about getting fired from Red Lobster.
Fear, loathing, underbutt.Ryan Reynolds Is Already Practicing His Dad Jokes
He suggests Bruce Jenner as a name for his future child.British Politicians Think They’re Hugh Grant in Love Actually
A U.K. leader speaks out.Astrology GIFs for the Week of October 20, 2014
Get ready for public disorder and a solar eclipse.Ruth Bader Ginsburg Outfits Her Friends With Notorious R.B.G. Merch
She says she has "quite a large supply."Taylor Swift Never Erases Her Chalkboard
A full 11 months and counting.40 Years of Women in High Times Magazine
How does the magazine keep up with women in weed?Prince Harry: Seeking Hedge-Fund Hottie?
Notably scoping out the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala dinner.Joanna Coles: The Cosmo Show Is Proof People Still Like Magazines
Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles talks about her forthcoming scripted series.Now You Can Make Your Own Tiny Underwear for Peach Butts
Weekend craft project!
"Kinda, always."People Want to Know: Why Do We Watch the Dong?
A Costume Tour of This Year’s Twisted Festival Gem: Buttercup Bill
Scenes from Buttercup Bill.Events for ‘Powerful Women’ Don’t Empower Anyone
But they do help corporations have it all.
Just-discovered photos from an ABC pilot.Shailene Woodley Eats Her Best Friends
No mercy from this one.Who Knew Whispering Was Such a Turn-on?
Can the ASMR community transition from your friendly neighborhood whisper-gathering to tenderhearted porn — and should it?Mindy Kaling Is Too Busy Doing Her Job to Talk About Being a Pioneer
Not one more panel, not one more.Pregnant Kate Middleton Scarecrow Wins Scarecrow Contest
U.K. primary-school contest winner.Feminist Video-Game Critic Received Death Threats
It's not the first time.