While Republican pols, pundits, strategists, propagandists, apologists and failed candidates blame everyone and everything but themselves for their Nov.
12 6 election debacle, we will offer two of many reasons: ignorance and misogyny.
That, from self-styled medical expert, board-certified deadbeat dad and soon to be ex-Rep. Joe Walsh, tea party Republican of Illinois. He should have to explain the impossibility of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth to John Weaver of Milo, Iowa.
Wife’s death leaves husband with 3 kids
KCCI Des Moines, Nov. 12, 2012
MILO, Iowa — A mother dies while giving birth, leaving behind her husband with a newborn and two other young children.
Almost a decade ago, John Weaver took a trip to Honduras that would forever change his life.
“(Reina) was his translator. They just kind of fell for each other, and it’s fate,” said Weaver’s niece, Rhonda Pearson.
“There are some married couples that are married, and they’re OK. Then, there are others that just can’t make it without the other,” said Weaver’s mother, Sandra Weaver.
On Oct. 14, as the family welcomed their third child, complications during childbirth changed everything, and Weaver’s family has had to say goodbye to the woman they considered the backbone of the family.
“He’s lost without his other half. He’s lost without his best friend,” Pearson said.
Then there’s this sad current-news item from Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Local Band Joint Committe will play on Friday at Fratellos’s in honor of Megan Gerhard-Weisberg, 31, of Laguna Niguel. She died in March of a rare reaction called amniotic fluid embolism, leaves behind two sons.
Last but not least, you might have heard of the tragic, needless death last month of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he was awaiting findings from three investigations into the death of Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian woman who was 17 weeks pregnant. Her case highlighted the legal limbo in which pregnant women facing severe health problems can find themselves in predominantly Catholic Ireland.
Ireland’s constitution officially bans abortion, but a 1992 Supreme Court ruling found the procedure should be legalized for situations when the woman’s life is at risk from continuing the pregnancy. Five governments since have refused to pass a law resolving the confusion, leaving Irish hospitals reluctant to terminate pregnancies except in the most obviously life-threatening circumstances.
The vast bulk of Irish women wanting abortions, an estimated 4,000 per year, simply travel next door to England, where abortion has been legal on demand since 1967. But that option is difficult, if not impossible, for women in failing health.
Halappanavar’s husband, Praveen, said doctors at University Hospital Galway in western Ireland determined she was miscarrying within hours of her hospitalization for severe pain on Sunday, Oct. 21. He said over the next three days, doctors refused their requests for an abortion to combat her surging pain and fading health.
On behalf of sane, civilized, educated and decent people all over America, we thank the voters of Illinois’ 8th District for denying Walsh another term in Congress. His loutish rendition of public service was a blight, even on a Congress with the lowest public approval ratings in U.S. history.
Walsh would do well to use the free time he has coming up to seek counseling and remedial education.
People in other congressional districts and states all over the country who have elected Walsh-grade tea party jerks to the House and Senate would do well to send them packing in 2014.