Remembering Savita: a round up of articles on her death, its causes and impact

28 October, 2015


On the third anniversary of the preventable death of Savita Halappanavar we have collated some of the pieces on the law, policies and practices that resulted in her death; and a range of views on the new Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, the Irish government’s response to the tragic death.

Termination of pregnancy as emergency obstetric care: the interpretation of Catholic health policy and the consequences for pregnant women: An analysis of the death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland and similar cases –  Marge Berer, RHM Journal, May 2013

Unacceptable risk of death for pregnant women in Catholic hospitals – Anibal Faúndes: Professor of Obstetrics, Chair of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) Working Group for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion, and RHM Editorial Advisory Board Member, RHM Blog, 2013

How the Irish government responded to this event.

Ireland’s protection of life during pregnancy bill: 21 years after X, business as usual  – Lisa Hallgarten, RH Reality Check May 2013

Response to Heads of Bill of Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 – Doctors for Choice Ireland, 2014

Catholics for Choice response to the bill – Catholics for Choice, 2013

Irish abortion bill accused of being misogynistic and offensive

The first test for this new law (the ‘Migrant X’ case) showed that the new law facilitated a continuing disregard for women’s health, rights and lives

They said they could not do an abortion. I said, ‘You can leave me now to die. I don’t want to live in this world anymore’ –  Kitty Holland and Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, 

Abortion Rights Campaign, Ireland – petition to repeal the 8th amendment

The campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Irish constitution (Video), trade unionists in Ireland

She is not a criminal – Amnesty Ireland’s campaign to repeal the 8th amendment and decriminalise abortion