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Savita’s mother: “They killed my 30-year-old daughter”

The parents of Savita Halappanavar have spoken out about the death of their daughter.

Jennie Ridyard (left) and Aoife McLysaght at last night's Pro Choice protest in Dublin.
Jennie Ridyard (left) and Aoife McLysaght at last night's Pro Choice protest in Dublin.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE PARENTS OF Savita Halappanavar have slammed Ireland’s abortion laws.

“In an attempt to save a 4-month-old foetus they killed my 30-year-old daughter*. How is that fair you tell me?” A. Mahadevi, Halappanavar’s mother, told several Indian television stations.

“How many more cases will there be? The rules should be changed as per the requirement of Hindus. We are Hindus, not Christians,” she said.

Savita Halappanavar’s father, Andanappa Yalagi, said the combination of medical negligence and Irish abortion laws led to his daughter’s death.

The spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Syed Akbaruddin, said in a Twitter post that the Indian Embassy in Dublin was “following the matter.”

*Translation of Savita’s mother’s comments provided by AP. Savita was, according to this week’s reports, 31 years old.

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