I will join movement to change law in Ireland: Savita Halappanavar hubby Praveen
Happy memories from his four-and-a-half-year-old marriage to Savita flash across his mind often, but it is the last week that she spent in hospital — shattered by miscarriage, yet hopeful of having another chance of bearing a child — that haunts Praveen the most.
The worldwide uproar over the last two days around Savita’s death at the University Hospital in Galway has inspired Praveen to join the fight to overthrow the blanket ban on pregnancy termination in Ireland. “I plan to go back to Galway...I will join the movement in Ireland to change the law. All my friends want me to be part of the movement to change the law,’’ Praveen said in a telephone conversation on Thursday.
For Praveen, who works as an engineer for Boston Scientific in Galway town, the happenings surrounding his wife’s illness, their requests for termination of pregnancy and Savita’s death, between October 22 and October 28, are still hard to believe. “I never knew that there could be such an issue with pregnancy in Ireland,” Praveen said.
It took all of 15 days for news of Savita’s death due to the laws in Ireland to leak out, he pointed out. The divisions that have run through Irish society on account of Catholic
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