Thursday 26th October 2017
Statement from Doctors for Choice on the five year anniversary of Savita Halappanavar’s death
As doctors we say never again. As doctors we say not in our name.
Savita Halappanavar died five years ago this week when 17 weeks pregnant. She died as a direct result of being denied a termination of pregnancy – a termination that was medically indicated and requested by her when she knew she was going to have a miscarriage that couldn’t be prevented. This is the blunt and unpalatable truth. If she had been medically managed as she would have been in every other European and developed country she would be alive today and we wouldn’t need to know who she is. Tragically we do, and her family and the Irish people must bear those scars.
Access to abortion is a health issue. The medical profession stands indicted for inactivity while the maternal health of women in Ireland is compromised. The restrictive Eighth Amendment must be repealed and legislation enacted to provide and regulate comprehensive abortion provision in Ireland.
Out of respect for Savita Halappanavar and her family, Doctors for Choice will not participate in “debates” about her death this week. This is a week to remember a vibrant young woman who, with her husband, very much wanted their baby, and who died because of the Eighth Amendment