Link: Woman in ‘pro-life’ Ireland dies ‘after being denied abortion’

An anti-abortion protest in Ireland, where abortion is currently illegal unless the woman’s life is in danger. Photography: William Murphy

From the Irish Independent:

A pregnant woman died in hospital following a miscarriage after her family requested an abortion to try to save her life.

Three separate investigations are under way into the death which happened in Galway University Hospital.

The 31-year-old married woman, Savita Halappanavar, is understood to have died from blood poisoning.


The case immediately re-opened the debate over the right to an abortion where the life of the mother is in danger.

Local Labour TD Derek Nolan said he was “very concerned” by reports the family was told an abortion would not be allowed because Ireland was a “Catholic country”.

“We are going to have to have answers very quickly,” he said.

“That the religious ethos of the State should interfere is seriously damaging,” he added.

Protests by pro-choice campaigners were held tonight outside the Dail parliament in Dublin and the Irish Embassy in London.

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