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Dublin and London protests following the death of Savita Halappanavar

The 31-year-old dentist, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died from septicaemia from a miscarriage which lasted more than two days.

TWO PROTESTS ARE being organised from 6pm this evening outside Dáil Eireann and the Irish Embassy in London following the death of Savita Halappanavar in University Hospital Galway.

The 31-year-old dentist, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died on October 28 from septicaemia from a miscarriage which lasted more than two days. She was denied an abortion after the foetus was found to have a heartbeat.

The protest at the Dáil, organised by the Pro-Choice campaign and supported by People Before Profit and the United Left Alliance, is calling for the government to publish the expert group on abortion’s report that was sent to Minister for Health James Reilly yesterday evening and for legislation on the X case.

Sinead Ahern spokesperson for Choice Ireland said the “outpouring of grief for Savita is unbelievable ” and the more “information that unfolds, the angrier people are getting”. She also believes that this is “less of a pro-choice campaign and more about women’s health”.

It is something that we have been asking for quite some time – what would happen in Ireland if a woman was denied access to an abortion when her life was at risk? This case really highlights the huge risk to women’s lives by the huge lack of clarity in the law.

We have been waiting 21 years for a piece of legislation and we are now on our seventh government and it is still being kicked into touch.

A candlelight vigil in memory of Savita Halappanavar and her family is also taking place at 7pm this evening at Cork Opera House, Emmet Place.

On Saturday, a candlelit vigil for Savita is being organised by Galway Pro-Choice at 5pm in Eyre Square, Galway and Action On X is organising a candlelight vigil in Dublin at 4pm “to grieve Savita’s unnecessary death” from the Garden of Remembrance to the Dáil.

Read: Savita death ‘not caused by Ireland’s ban on abortion’ – Youth Defence >

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