Savita Halappanavar's father calls for change to Ireland's abortion laws
In a direct appeal to Prime Minister Enda Kenny, grieving Andanappa Yalagi said altering the legislation would "save the lives of so many women in the future".
Yalagi's daughter Savita Halappanavar, 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when she died at Galway University Hospital on October 28 after suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia.
Her husband Praveen alleged his wife, who was a dentist, pleaded with doctors to perform a medical termination.
Doctors are said to have denied her requests because the foetus's heartbeat was present - reportedly telling her: "This is a Catholic country."
According to Observer, Yalagi added his voice to a growing number of calls urging the Government to reform complex abortion laws.
Addressing Kenny, he said: "Sir, please change your law and take consideration of humanity.
"Please change the law on abortion, which will help to save the lives of so many women in the future."
Yalagi also called on the Indian government to take up the issue with their Irish counterparts.
"We want the government of India to put pressure on Ireland to change the law so that this cannot happen in the future," he said.
Yalagi also said that he and his wife are considering legal action against the hospital and that no health officials or anyone from the Irish government had been in touch with them to express any
Live in IrelandUlick McGee | 18-Nov-2012Reply | Forward To all concerned, the deceased lady in question choose to live in Ireland. She was not born there and was not an Irish citizen. If you choose to leave your own country and move to another then choose one that reflects your values and beliefs. To expect your "chosen" country to change it's values, beliefs and laws to appease you is an insult to the people and country of Ireland. What right has the father of the dead woman to encourage his country of India to put pressure on Ireland to change it's laws? Maybe he should relax and eat a nice juicy fat beefburger from his sacred cow. If you don't like anything about Ireland you should go back to India.
You sir are an idiotTerje Bergesen | 19-Nov-2012Reply | Forward Sorry, but there is no other way to describe you. The woman had already had a miscarriage at week 17. The child was dying. There was no possible way to save it. Problem is, while dying it was also killing mommy. The doctors chose to allow the baby to kill mommy because of laws based on a nut-case superstition. It is a massive breach of the Hippocratic oath, and borderline murder.
Is there a possibility of the doctors wrong diagnosis ?BMP | 20-Nov-2012Reply | Forward Is there a possibility that the Doctor could have wrongly diagnosed the state of the fetus? what if the child was already dead in the mother's womb?If that is the case shouldn't the reports etc be examined before jumping to the conclusion that the abortion law is wrong.If it is proved that the case is that of medical negligence and not the Law...then the doctor should be held accountable and not the law