Husband of Woman Denied Abortion Suing Ireland
Savita Halappanavar died Oct. 28
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 29, 2012 2:27 PM CST
Women hold pictures of Savita during a candlelit vigil outside Belfast City Hall, Northern Ireland, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

(Newser) – The widower of an Indian woman who died in an Irish hospital after being refused an abortion plans to sue Ireland's government in the European Court of Human Rights. Praveen Halappanavar confirmed his decision today through his lawyer. His wife, Savita, died Oct. 28 in a Galway hospital one week after being admitted for severe pain amid a miscarriage. Doctors refused to perform an abortion for three days while the 17-week-old fetus still had a heartbeat.

Savita fell gravely ill after the dead fetus was removed and then suffered gradual organ failure. A coroner ruled she died from blood poisoning. The case has forced Ireland to re-examine its refusal to pass any laws governing when women can receive abortions to save their own lives.

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Nov 30, 2012 3:11 PM CST
hope he wins big time! god bless rip
Nov 30, 2012 11:17 AM CST
This is why religion should never dictate medical policy... their realities exist in different millennia.
Nov 30, 2012 10:45 AM CST
Tragic and unnecessary that test cases to law often require the death of people. I mean already-born people..., sigh, here we go again.