Thousands Took Out a Rally Against Abortion Laws in Ireland (Video)


Thousands of people rallied outside Ireland's parliament and held a candle-lit vigilprotesting the death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian woman who died after being refused an abortion in Galaway.

The 31-year-old died of blood poisoning at University Hospital Galway a week after miscarrying 17 weeks into her pregnancy. Her husband said her repeated requests for a termination were rejected because of a fetal heartbeat.

In India, where the case has drawn widespread condemnation, Halappanavar's grieving mother said that Irish authorities should have taken their daughter's Hindu faith into consideration.

Halappanavar's husband Praveen said he would take action against the hospital if no measures were taken by the Irish government.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said both the hospital and an Irish national team were conducting an investigation into the case. Abortion remains a deeply divisive issue in the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic county which has some of the world's most restrictive pregnancy termination laws.

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