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category national | rights, freedoms and repression | feature author Wednesday November 14, 2012 13:04author by indyjourno Report this post to the editors

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Savita Halappanavar

Two demonstrations have been called in light of this tragic death:

Pro-Choice Ireland have called a demonstration for 6 o'clock this evening Wednesday 14th November outside Leinster House.

Action on X in conjunction with Galway Pro-Choice has called a candle lit vigil for this Saturday the 17th of November beginning at the Garden of Remembrance at 4 o'clock.

UPDATE: National Open Pro-Choice Meeting, Saturday, December 8, 12:00pm until 3:00pm at the Gresham Hotel on O'Connell Street.
see HERE for event notice.

31 year old Savita Halappanavar died last week after being denied a termination after presenting with a miscarriage. Having originally presented at the hospital with a back pain on October 21st, it was discovered that Savita was miscarrying. She was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.

Over the course of 3 days in the hospital the doctors refused to carry out an abortion despite there being no hope of survival of the foetus. Savita had requested and abortion several times over the 3 days due to the severe pain she was suffering. She was refused an abortion on the basis that the foetal heartbeat was still beating and that “this is a Catholic country”. After 3 days the foetal heartbeat stopped and finally the foetus was removed. However Savita developed septicaemia caused by the miscarriage and died on the 28th.


Mark Simpson of the BBC tweeted earlier "Just spoke by phone to husband of Savita Halapanavar. Asked if he felt his wife would be alive if she had an abortion: "Of course. No doubt" "

In the aftermath of the reports of the death Choice Ireland renewed their calls for abortion legislation. Spokesperson Stephanie Lord said “Today, some twenty years after the X case we find ourselves asking the same question again - if a woman is pregnant, her life in jeopardy, can she even establish whether or not she has a right to a termination here in Ireland? There is still a disturbing lack of clarity around this issue, decades after the tragic events surrounding the X case in 1992."

Clare Daly speaks out about Savita's needless death
Clare Daly TD and Joan Collins TD introduced an X case bill that was opposed by Fine Gael and Labour. They announced today that in light of the tragic death they will reintroduce the X case bill.

Clare Daly said "First and foremost we wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the woman's husband, family and friends for their terrible loss. This loss is all the worse because it need not have happened.

Make no mistake, had Labour and Fine Gael acted upon our Bill, medical guidelines could have been in place which would have ensured that there would have been no grounds for equivocation about performing an abortion when there was a risk to the life of the woman. Instead, the government took the cowardly step of hiding behind the fourth 'expert group' on abortion since 1992. This refusal to act has contributed to the circumstances which brought about this woman's death. Fianna Fáil and the Greens also bear responsibility, due to their failure to legislate for the X Case.”

Joan Collins stated “We demand a full and public enquiry into the circumstances of this woman's death. We demand that Minister Reilly immediately publish the report of his 'expert group' – now four months overdue from its own promised publication date. We intend to re-submit our X Case Bill, which provides for legal abortion when there is a risk to the life of a woman, as soon as we can. We demand that the government immediately provide Dáil time to promptly bring our Bill into law.

A woman's life has been sacrificed due to the unwillingness of Labour, Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Greens to legislate in line with the Supreme Court ruling on the X Case in 1992. We call on the women of Ireland to take to the streets to ensure that action is taken to stop this ever happening again. The first step is to protest at the Dáil at 6pm on Wednesday evening, November 14.”

The Pro-Choice Campaign Ireland have called a protest for this evening to Protest at Savita's death and calling to for the governemnt to legislate on the X case now. The demonstration is 6 o'clock Wednesday the 14th outside Leinster House

Action on X in conjunction with Galway Pro-Choice has called a candle lit vigil for this Saturday the 17th of November beginning at the Garden of Remembrance at 4 o'clock .

Reaction to news of the death in India - The Times of India
Reaction to news of the death in India - The Times of India

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Ann Lovett Again     Kieran O'Sullivan    Wed Nov 14, 2012 15:41 
   20 yrs & no govt with courage to legislate.     Willow    Wed Nov 14, 2012 15:42 
   Doctors and Ethics     Gearoid O Loingsigh    Wed Nov 14, 2012 17:45 
   No surprise     Des    Wed Nov 14, 2012 18:34 
   A Catholic Country     irishmarxism.net    Wed Nov 14, 2012 19:21 
   disgusting     serf    Wed Nov 14, 2012 19:31 
   Why persecute docs     Doc    Wed Nov 14, 2012 23:02 
   Docs responsability     Gearoid O Loingsigh    Thu Nov 15, 2012 03:41 
   Only the latest reported.     Watching Many    Thu Nov 15, 2012 08:11 
 10   Campaign to prevent Ireland to hold EU presidency next year.     Pepe    Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:10 
 11   Abortions in Ireland and Doctors choices     Gearoid O Loingsigh    Thu Nov 15, 2012 13:52 
 12   Mother murdered in Ireland by right wing Catholic ideas and the bullying of the all male Catholic hierarcy and their bootlicking politicians.     john throne    Thu Nov 15, 2012 19:30 
 13   Reaction to news of death of Savita at the hands of Catholics     T    Thu Nov 15, 2012 21:01 
 14   Clarity     Sarah    Thu Nov 15, 2012 21:23 
 15   Sarah     Elric    Fri Nov 16, 2012 00:18 
 16   The Reality Of What The Lifers Stand For     Elric    Fri Nov 16, 2012 00:20 
 17   abortion laws and blasphemy laws should go now     fred    Fri Nov 16, 2012 01:51 
 18   Right to Choose     Willow    Fri Nov 16, 2012 13:46 
 19   please stay on topic and stop trying to muddy the water here     wageslave    Mon Nov 19, 2012 04:34 
 20   For Anne Lovett..     fred    Mon Nov 19, 2012 04:57 
 21   Investigation     Penny- SW    Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:16 
 22   Responsibility     Doc    Mon Nov 19, 2012 23:11 
 23   Savitas husband back in Ireland     Elric    Mon Nov 19, 2012 23:47 
 24   at least those statements were about real facts not hypotheticals     highly qualified brain surgeon    Tue Nov 20, 2012 00:53 
 25   doctors put covering their own asses before the life of a woman. thats their fault here     fred    Tue Nov 20, 2012 01:11 
 26   The penny starts to drop for Savita's husband about this so called "enquiry"     fred    Tue Nov 20, 2012 06:51 
 27   Bishops: "cherish the ban against abortion"     fred    Tue Nov 20, 2012 07:21 
 28   Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights     W. Finnerty    Tue Nov 20, 2012 08:07 
 29   pregnancy and miscarraiges     pregnancy in ireland today    Wed Nov 21, 2012 22:19 
 30   Pro life     Trish    Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:14 
 31   Pro Choice     Elric    Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:58 
 32   I'm tired of all these selectively "pro life" people     fred    Fri Nov 23, 2012 16:20 
 33   Perhaps that was another girl who might have lived if she could have been treated in Ireland     fred    Fri Nov 23, 2012 16:27 
 34   Response to Fred's comments     Trish    Sun Nov 25, 2012 16:01 
 35   @trish..     fred    Sun Nov 25, 2012 19:26 
 36   Reply to Fred     Trish    Sun Nov 25, 2012 23:10 
 37   stockholm syndrome...     fred    Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:51 
 38   Highly qualified brain surgeon     ideal world    Mon Nov 26, 2012 13:45 
 39   Mother and Child scheme     Frederick    Mon Nov 26, 2012 22:46 
 40   British solution to an Irish problem.     Rational Ecologist    Tue Nov 27, 2012 15:59 
 41   onus on the doctor who said ''no''..     HSE failures    Tue Nov 27, 2012 19:04 
 42   Blame the doctor and let the state off the hook.     Rational Ecologist    Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:59 
 43   Women must have control over their own bodies.     John Lagan    Wed Nov 28, 2012 15:03 
 44   Facts not hysteria     Kitty Meow    Sat Dec 08, 2012 07:05 


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