Thousands march for abortion rights in Ireland

AP, by Shawn Pogatchnik, November 17

Dublin — About 10,000 people marched through Dublin and observed a minute’s silence Saturday in memory of the Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion.

Marchers, many of them mothers and daughters walking side by side, chanted “Never again!” and held pictures of Savita Halappanavar as they paraded across the city to stage a nighttime candlelit vigil outside the office of Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

The 31-year-old, who was 17 weeks pregnant with her first child, died Oct. 28 one week after being hospitalized with severe pain at the start of a miscarriage. Her death, made public by her husband this week, has highlighted Ireland’s long struggle to come to grips with abortion.

Previously: Hindu Woman in Ireland Denied Emergency Abortion, Dies

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  • MEPs sign letter calling for Irish abortion legislation

    BBC, November 18

    More than 50 members of the European Parliament have signed a letter calling on the Irish government to introduce changes to Irish abortion legislation.

    The call follows the death of Savita Halappanavar, a pregnant woman who died in an Irish hospital last month after reportedly being refused a termination.

    It has been initiated by Irish MEP Paul Murphy and the chair of the EU’s Women’s Rights and Equality Committee.

    It calls for abortion to be allowed if a woman’s life or health is at risk.

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