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Indian woman's death: Government to mount pressure on Ireland to change abortion laws
Last Updated : 16 Nov 2012 12:58:50 PM IST
Ireland abortion death,
Indian woman's death: Indian government to take up matter with Ireland

 

India is mounting pressure on the Irish government to change life-saving abortion laws . The demand cropped up after an Indian woman who was refused a termination died from blood poisoning in an Irish hospital.


  

India will take up with Ireland on Friday  the issue of death of an Indian woman dentist there after doctors allegedly refused to terminate her 17-week-long pregnancy on the ground that it was a "Catholic country".

India was awaiting the results of two probes ordered byIrish authorities in the matter and will "take it from there,"official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs had said yesterday, adding the country was "concerned" over the circumstances in which Savita Halappanavar died.

Ireland's government pledged on Thursday to  draft a law spelling out when life-saving abortions can be performed.as Irish law does not specify under what circumstances the threat to the life or health of the mother is high enough to justify a termination, leaving doctors to decide. Critics say this means doctors' personal beliefs can play a role.
   
Meanwhile, commenting on BJP's strong reaction on thematter, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said one needs to be very careful about the "choice of words" whiledealing with a tragedy.
   

"It is extremely sad and unfortunate. Whatever theinquiry does, human loss cannot be compensated," he said,adding the country might like to reflect upon some positions afresh so that such things do not happen, not only with Indian nationals but also with their own citizens.

The Embassy of Ireland issued a statement here yesterday, saying the Irish government, at the highest level, was
committed to establishing the full circumstances and facts surrounding the incident.
   
Halappanavar, 31, died in Ireland due to blood poisoning after doctors allegedly refused to terminate her 17-week-long pregnancy, telling her that "this is a Catholic country".

The Embassy of Ireland said, "The Irish Prime Minister and the Minister for Health spoke on the matter in Irish Parliament yesterday and expressed their deepest condolencesto the husband and family of Mrs Halappanavar.
   
"The Irish government, at the highest level, is committedto establishing the full circumstances and facts surrounding Mrs Halappanavar's tragic death."
   
Savita's husband Praveen Halappanavar, an engineer atBoston Scientific in Galway, told Irish media that his wife had asked several times over a three-day period that thepregnancy be terminated.
   
This was refused, he said, because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told "this is a Catholic country".


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