Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Savita Halappanavar's husband: I'll take case to Europe

Savita Halappanavar
Protesters during a march in O'Connell Street, Dublin, to demand legislation on abortion after the death of Savita Halappanavar
Galway University Hospital doctors allegedly refused to carry out a medical termination for 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar

The husband of Savita Halappanavar is determined to forge ahead with a case in the European courts if the Irish government does not agree to a public inquiry.

Praveen Halappanavar said he does not relish such a battle but will do what he must.

“All Savita's family want is the truth. It is unfair to force me to do this but the fight will continue. We will go to Europe if we must,” he said.

A pregnant Ms Halappanavar died of blood poisoning after being refused an abortion in a Galway hospital.

Mr Halappanavar's solicitor Gerard O'Donnell hit out at the Irish government saying: “The government has extended its sympathies to Praveen and Savita's family and apart from that has done nothing else. It hasn't actually initiated anything.”

Mr O'Donnell reiterated his determination to go to the European courts if the government does not move to hold a public inquiry by Friday.

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