Vigil For Woman Who Died, After Denied Abortion

Category: World / Nov 16, 2012 5:41PM EDT
People in Bangalore held a candle light vigil on Friday night (November 16) in memory of a local woman who died after an Irish hospital denied her an abortion. Savita Halappanavar was admitted to Hospital in the west of Ireland in severe pain on October 21 and asked for a termination after doctors told her the baby would not survive. Halappanavar died a week after miscarrying 17 weeks into her pregnancy. "Doctors when they take oath they promise that they will save lives but here a girl who was battling for her life, they murdered her," he said. Abortion remains an extremely divisive issue in Ireland, an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country, which has some of the world's most restrictive laws on medical terminations. Ireland's government had pledged on Thursday (November 15) to clarify its abortion laws after the death of Halappanavar. The Irish health authority (HSE) has launched an inquiry, which the health minister said must "stand up to the scrutiny of the world."