25th May 2018: the law that equates the right to life of a pregnant woman with that of an embryo or foetus is repealed in Ireland.
The facts as reported by The Irish Times:
“Savita Halappanavar presented at Galway University Hospital with severe back pain on October 21st, 2012, and was found to be miscarrying her 17-week pregnancy.
After a day in “agony” and distress, she asked for a termination but was refused because there was a foetal heartbeat. She was again refused the next day because of the heartbeat. Doctors checked for the heartbeat several times a day, as Savita grew increasingly ill.
On the third day she spontaneously delivered a female foetus and went into a coma, before being transferred to the high-dependency unit and then intensive care, where she deteriorated into septic shock, multiple organ failure and died of cardiac arrest at 1.09am on October 28th, 2012.
In media interviews after his wife’s death, Praveen Halappanavar said the couple had repeatedly asked for the pregnancy to be terminated after her admission to hospital but they were told “this is a Catholic country””.
Since 1980 more than 170,000 women and girls have travelled to another country for an abortion
25.05.18: Ireland votes Yes to change the law
So that women can be cared for properly in their own country.