Just a few months after Irish doctors reaffirmed Ireland's abortion ban by determining that in zero cases an abortion would be medically necessary to save the life of the mother, 31-year-old Hindu dentist Savita Halappanavar died tragically after miscarrying 17 weeks into her pregnancy when doctors refused to abort the fetus. She spent three days in agonizing pain, asking for the abortion that could save her life, but each time the doctors refused, telling her, "Sorry, this is a Catholic country." Savita was not Catholic.
There was nothing her doctors could've done to save the fetus. But an abortion would have saved her life.
On Nov. 14 more than 2,000 pro-choice activists showed their outrage for Savita's death outside Ireland's parlimentary buildings:
If you are in Ireland on Nov. 21 the protest to get Ireland's parliament to legislate for safe, legal abortions continues at 6 p.m at Leinster House, Dublin 2. For more details click here. If you cannot make it to Ireland, you can participate in the International Day of Action For Legal Abortion in Ireland. Show up to show your support. Don't let the Irish government sweep this under the rug.