A march to protest the tragic death of Savita Halappanaver will be held tomorrow, Saturday 17 by Action On X in conjunction with Galway Pro-Choice. Mark Roche of The Daily Shift investigates…
A Facebook event was created earlier in the week by ‘Action on X’, an alliance of groups and individuals who are calling upon the Irish Government to implement appropriate legislation with regards to Abortion in the state.
The march is a means of respectfully honouring the memory of Savita while also demanding publicity and awareness, the slogan being: “Enough is enough. No more women can die”. Almost 50,000 are invited to the event and there is no indication as to just how many will line the streets of Dublin to protest.
In conjunction with Galway Pro-Choice, the march will begin from the Garden of Remembrance and travel to the Dáil where a candlelit vigil will be held, in unison with a vigil in Galway; the home of Savita.
Ireland has been the focus of international news since the horrifying discovery that a 31-year-old woman, who was found to be miscarrying had died of septicemia; reports stated that Savita (the lady in question) had asked several times for a termination of the pregnancy following days of “agony”. Irish Times reported that “[the termination] was refused…because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told, “this is a Catholic country”.
Two and a half days later, her unborn child’s heart stopped and the dead foetus was removed; Savita was taken to an ICU where she died of septicaemia on October, 28.
The death of Mrs Halappanaver reignites the fierce debate which has existed for years in Ireland. The most prominent media case prior being the X Case of 1992 which found that Irish women should have the right to an abortion, if the pregnant woman’s life was at risk because of pregnancy, including the risk of suicide.
The fact that every successive government since have failed to implement this legislation seems to be a failure of the Government to protect its people; while also placing medical practitioners in a legal bind to obey an outdated, and as some would argue ‘inhumane’ constitutional amendment, which guarantee’s the right to life of human embryos above the life of its mother.
The tragic loss has not only effected friends and family of the victim but seemingly, an entire nation as questions arise such as: “How many more must die?”, “Does religion have the right to impede constitutional rights?” and “Can the government ignore or indeed, fail to act once again upon Abortion legislation?”