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Comment #745461 by Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson Nov 21st 2012, 11:56 PM #

Whatever about the specific facts of Savita’s case, it has now been revealed that Article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution is not fit for purpose in effectively securing and vindicating the right to life of pregnant women. I favour a pro-life approach for pregnant women. The only way to establish clarity and remove the legal quagmire is to recognise the antecedent and superior right to life of pregnant women over the existence of a foetus. This requires the repeal of Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution and this can only be done by Referendum.

A Public Tribunal Of Inquiry is inefficient, slow and expensive. A statutory Commission of Investigation legally constituted under the Commission of Investigation Act, 2004 with power to compel evidence and witnesses might provide a compromise in this matter.

I would prefer not to personalise this towards anyone in particular but the injustices to other persons who are Irish should not detract from Savita and Praveen. I see them as people first. Their nationality is irrelevant to me.

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Praveen Halappanavar: "I still can't believe that she's not with us"

Praveen Halappanavar: "I still can't believe that she's not with us"

The husband of Savita Halappanavar told Prime Time tonight that he has no confidence in the HSE and wants a public, government-funded investigation into her death.


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