Seventeen weeks pregnant and facing a miscarriage, Savita Halappanavar and her husband Praveen walked into an Irish maternity ward in October 2012. Unwittingly, the couple also walked into that deeply controversial arena in which Ireland's legislative position on abortion remained unresolved. A week later, Savita was dead from septicaemia.
Reports of her death and of the refusal to allow Savita a termination of her pregnancy sent shockwaves across Ireland and around the world. Once again the subject of abortion was catapulted to the very top of the agenda in Ireland. With the pro-life and pro-choice camps claiming the moral high ground, both sides in the bitterly contested battle sought to appropriate Savita's story and her image. and the complete circumstances of her death were lost. A compelling read.
|Publication date||1 Jan 2013|
Savita: The Tragedy that Shook a Nation
Savita Halappanavar wished to have a termination of her pregnancy because she knew something was badly wrong. It was not permitted. She died of septicaemia a week later. Praveen Halappanavar’s dignified pursuit of truth and legal recompense has forced this country to finally legislate on abortion.
'A remarkable account of Savita's death . . . It will make you sad and it will make you angry' Olivia O'Leary, Irish Times