It will be five years tomorrow since the needless death of Savita Halappanavar. Savita was a 31 year old dentist from India who was living in Galway. Savita was 17 weeks pregnant when she entered Galway hospital on October 21st, 2012 and was found to be miscarrying. Savita was denied an abortion because of the 8th amendment and was told by staff that Ireland "was a catholic country". Savita and her husband pleaded with doctors over the coming days for an abortion, even though her condition continued to worsen. Savita died of septicaemia on October 28th, six days after she had entered hospital. During the health service investigation into her death an unnamed doctor told investigators that "even in cases of inevitable miscarriage like Savita's, doctors had to put the welfare of the foetus over the potential risks to the mother life." Five years later people are still fighting to Repeal the 8th. A referendum is coming but no date has been confirmed. If you are abroad and want to get involved in the fight let us know, we have a growing network of Irish activists and allies fighting to Repeal. If you're in Ireland visit @freesafelegal for ways to get involved. Vigils will be held all over Ireland tomorrow for Savita. To join one visit @repealeight for more info.
We will never forget Savita and will continue to fight to repeal the 8th. #savita #neverforget #repealthe8th #repealthe8thglobal #ireland