Anniversary of Savita Halappanavar’s death serves as reminder of medical rationale for abortion

The fifth anniversary of Savita Halappanavar’s death, which falls this coming Saturday, 28th October, is a reminder of the “watertight medical rationale” for legalising abortion. That’s according to the Coalition to the Repeal the Eighth Amendment, which is organising a vigil at 4pm on Saturday outside the GPO on O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

Announcing details of the vigil today (25.10.17), Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition, said: “The medical rationale for abortion is watertight. In cases like Savita’s, abortion saves lives.

“As we’re marking the fifth anniversary of Savita’s very sad death, an Oireachtas Committee is considering what should be done about the Eighth Amendment. The Committee has heard from leading experts on maternity healthcare in recent weeks. Their opinion was unequivocal: if it weren’t for the Eighth Amendment, Savita Halappanavar would be alive today.

“Leading national and international health experts have now testified that the Eighth Amendment is a problem and an impediment to them practising their profession. What they have told the Committee is that they want to be able to support women in making the best decisions for their own personal healthcare needs. They can’t do this until the Eighth Amendment is repealed and legislation is introduced to provide for abortion in Ireland.”

“For once in Ireland, we need to take on board the lessons from our past. We need to ensure that no more women die in the sort of tragic circumstances experienced by Savita Halappanavar.”

Nationwide Vigils
In addition to the vigil outside Dublin’s GPO on Saturday, over 20 vigils are taking place nationwide to mark the anniversary of Savita Halappanavar’s death. Vigils will be silent, and members of the public are invited to bring along candles or flowers. Further information is available at: