Ireland Current Affairs - 2020

Ireland will order statutory inquiry into Savita Halappanavar’s death

Besides medical inquiry, Ireland will also order a statutory inquiry into the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar due to pregnancy-related complications after being denied abortion, in a move seen as an attempt to meet her husband’s demand for a full public probe.

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Savita Halappanavar: Persons in News

imageSavita Halappanavar’s death has led to a widespread protests in Ireland and a call to re-look at the abortion laws.

  • She was 31 year old dentist originally from Belgaum, India who moved to Ireland in 2008.
  • She died on October 28, 2012 in Galway, Ireland.
  • Her death led to widespread protests, in Ireland, India, England and other countries and a call to re-look at the abortion laws.
  • She suffered miscarriage when she was 17 weeks pregnant.

Her husband claimed that the University College Hospital Galway where she was admitted denied her an abortion because a fetal heartbeat was present, despite the fetus being declared nonviable. This led to septicemia (blood poisoning), multiple organ failure and her death. The fetal remains were eventually removed but too much time had passed.

Why she was denied abortion at the right time when she needed it?

  • Under Irish law on abortion, and Offences against the Person Act 1861 abortion is illegal in Ireland.

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