Woman Dies After Abortion Request ‘Refused’

Savita Halappanavar

The death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant is the subject of two investigations at University Hospital Galway in the Republic of Ireland.

Savita Halappanavar’s family said she asked several times for her pregnancy to be terminated because she had severe back pain and was miscarrying.

Her family claimed it was refused because there was a foetal heartbeat. She died on 28 October.

They said she was suffering back pain and was found to be miscarrying when she arrived at the University Hospital Galway on 21 October.

Over a three-day period, she asked several times that her pregnancy be terminated.

The family said she spent a further two and a half days in pain and died on 28 October.

An autopsy carried out two days later found she had died from septicaemia.

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