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Ireland: Indian dies after being denied abortion

Posted on Nov 15, 10:20AM | IBNS

A 31-year-old Indian origin woman died here from blood poisoning after doctors refused her an abortion.

Abortion is illegal in Ireland.

Irish prime minister Enda Kenny said he was awaiting findings from three investigations into the death of Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant.

According the The Irish Times, the government could conduct an independent inquiry into the incident. Savita, a dentist, was taken to Galway University Hospital on October 21 where she was found to be miscarrying.

Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar, an engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, said she had asked several times over a three-day period that the pregnancy be terminated. This was refused, he says, because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told: "This is a Catholic country".

The dead foetus was later removed and Savita was taken to the high dependency unit and then the intensive care unit, where she died of septicaemia on October 28.

"Savita asked if they could not save the baby could they induce to end the pregnancy. The consultant said, 'As long as there is a foetal heartbeat we can't do anything'," her husband was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Irish women, who want abortion, simply travel to England where it is legal. But that is difficult for those with failing health.