Belfast Telegraph

Parents condemn Irish abortion laws

The parents of an Indian woman who suffered a miscarriage and died after being refused an abortion in Galway have hit out at Ireland's abortion laws. Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she miscarried and died last month.

The Irish government confirmed that Mrs Halappanavar suffered from blood poisoning and died after being denied an abortion, reigniting the debate over legalising abortion.

"In an attempt to save a four-month-old foetus they killed my 30-year-old daughter. How is that fair you tell me?" Mrs A Mahadevi, Mrs Halappanavar's mother, told Indian TV. Her daughter was actually 31 when she died.

"How many more cases will there be? The rules should be changed as per the requirement of Hindus. We are Hindus, not Christians," she said.

Savita Halappanavar's father, Mr Andanappa Yalagi, said the combination of medical negligence and Irish abortion laws led to his daughter's death.

The spokesman for India's Ministry of External Affairs, Syed Akbaruddin, said in a Twitter post that the Indian Embassy in Dublin was "following the matter".

Mrs Halappanavar's husband, Praveen, said doctors at University Hospital Galway have determined that his wife was miscarrying within hours of her being taken to hospital in severe pain on October 21. He said over the next three days, doctors refused their requests for an abortion to combat her pain and fading health.

It was only after the foetus died that its remains were surgically removed. Within hours, Savita was placed under sedation in intensive care with blood poisoning, her husband said. By October 27, her heart, kidneys and liver had stopped working, and she was pronounced dead the next day. Three separate investigations are looking into the cause of Mrs Halappanavar's death.


From Belfast Telegraph