“What is the use in being angry? I’ve lost her. I am talking about this because it shouldn’t happen to anyone else. It’s very hard. It has been a terrible few weeks, very hard to understand how this can happen in the 21st century, very hard to explain to her family.
“If it had happened in the UK or India, the whole thing would have been over in a few hours. We just pray now, wherever she is, she is happy.”
Praveen Halappanavar, claiming that his pregnant wife who died in an Irish hospital would still be alive if doctors hadn’t ‘refused’ her an abortion. She was miscarrying at 17 weeks gestation, there was no way to save the dying foetus, but it still had a heartbeat, so the Catholic doctors refused to terminate the pregnancy, allowing septicaemia to develop and eventually kill her. Savita’s life and future as a mother of other children that she keenly desired was counted as less important than a doomed, but still beating, foetal heart.
Left-wing TDs Clare Daly and Joan Collins described the woman’s death as an outrage.
They criticised the Government for failing to adopt their X Case Bill earlier this year, which would have introduced new laws to allow an abortion in specific life-threatening circumstances.
Ms Daly said: “A woman has died because Galway University Hospital refused to perform an abortion needed to prevent serious risk to her life.
“This is a situation we were told would never arise. An unviable foetus – the woman was having a miscarriage – was given priority over the woman’s life, who unfortunately and predictably developed septicaemia and died.”
Investigations into Mrs Halappanavar’s death have been launched by the Galway-Roscommon University Hospitals Group and the state’s health officials.
Ms Daly and Ms Collins said their proposals would have ensured there was no equivocation over whether an abortion should have been performed.
Thousands of Irish protestors gathered around the Dail parliament to demand changes to the law. This is what the pro-lifers who claim that there is no such thing as a medically necessary abortion are willing to keep on seeing – women who want to be mothers dying when their pregnancies go wrong.