DEMONSTRATIONS WERE HELD across Ireland – as well as one in the UK – yesterday in memory of Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old woman who died at University Hospital Galway from blood poisoning last month following a miscarriage.
Those in attendance called on the Government to legislate on the X Case ruling on abortion.
The 1992 Supreme Court judgement gives women a constitutional right to access abortion when their lives are in danger, including from the risk of suicide. However, the European Court of Human Rights has said there is a notable gap in the theory and practical implementation of the right to a lawful abortion in Ireland because of the lack of corresponding legislation.
As part of its defence in the 2010 ABC case, the Irish government argued that restrictions on abortion in Ireland were based on “profound moral values deeply embedded in the fabric of society”.
Pro Life groups claim that it is because of Ireland’s current stance on abortion that it is one of the safest places in the world to have a baby.
What do you think? Should Ireland legislate on the X Case ruling?