The death of Savita Halappanavar has created a hue and cry against Ireland’s abortion laws. About 2,000 people protested outside the Irish parliament in Dublin calling for the reform of the Republic's abortion laws.
31 year old Savita Halappanavar of Indian origin was 17 week pregnant with her first baby and facing difficulties. She was taken to University Hospital, Galway with severe backache and signs of miscarrying.
According to her family she repeatedly asked the doctors for her pregnancy to be terminated but was denied on the grounds of Ireland being a Catholic country making abortion against the law. The doctors refused her an abortion because they could detect the baby’s heartbeat.
Abortion is illegal in the Republic except where there is a real and substantial risk to the life, as distinct from the health, of the mother. However, Savita Halappanavar is dead and the cause is denial of a pregnancy at the cost of her life.
A group of about 40 protesters also gathered outside the Irish embassy in London.
In Cork, a candlelight vigil was held at the city's opera house in memory of the dentist.
And there was a rage on Twitter as well.
I have the strong feeling Savita Halappanavar's death is the harbinger of change in Ireland. - anonypoop: Pro… tmblr.co/Z3ctjxXHGU4X— Saira K. (@sairakh) November 14, 2012
The Irish state can pass a law within hours to save banks but takes 20+ years to pass a law to save women's lives.#Savita— Liam Ward (@liamdv4) November 14, 2012
ashamed to be from this country this morning #Savita— David O'Doherty (@phlaimeaux) November 14, 2012
This is no country for young women. #Savita— Declan Burke (@declanburke) November 14, 2012
Sick to my stomach with sadness for #Savita’s family, shame for Ireland and fury at the political cowardice of our elected representatives.— Shirley Temple Bar (@shirleybar) November 14, 2012
Irish republican politician Gerry Adams also raised the issue of her death and asked for action to be taken to ensure such sad incidents can be avoided in future.
An independent expert has been appointed to investigate the death of pregnant woman Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway. Hopefully Savita’s life will not be lost in vain. Maybe her death can bring hope for millions of other women in Ireland.