Savita case: Ire­land to le­galise abor­tion

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - NATION - Press Trust of In­dia

LON­DON: Ire­land on Tues­day an­nounced it will le­galise abor­tions when the mother’s life is at risk, weeks af­ter the death of In­dian den­tist Savita Halap­panavar who died af­ter be­ing re­fused an abor­tion in the Euro­pean coun­try.

The de­ci­sion comes af­ter a huge pub­lic out­cry over the death of 31-year-old Savita, who died on Oc­to­ber 28 at Gal­way Univer­sity Hospi­tal. She had been 17-week preg­nant and was found to be mis­car­ry­ing.

Savita’s hus­band said she asked re­peat­edly for a ter­mi­na­tion of the preg­nancy but was re­fused and was told the foetal heart­beat was still present and “this is a Catholic coun­try”.

The Ir­ish government has de­cided to re­peal leg­is­la­tion that makes abor­tion a crim­i­nal act and to in­tro­duce reg­u­la­tions set­ting out when doc­tors can per­form an abor­tion when a woman’s life is re­garded as be­ing at risk, in­clud­ing by sui­cide, the Tele­graph news­pa­per re­ported.

Ir­ish health min­is­ter Dr James Reilly said that the government was aware of the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing abor­tion.

Ire­land’s abor­tion laws are the strictest in Europe and any pro­posed leg­is­la­tion to de­crim­i­nalise abor­tion will stoke fu­ri­ous de­bate in the coun­try. PUNE: Thir­teen peo­ple were killed and one in­jured when a dome-shaped slab be­ing erected on a four-storey build­ing col­lapsed in sub­ur­ban area of the city on Tues­day. The build­ing, to be made a 60-bed can­cer hospi­tal, was be­ing con­structed by the Bharatiya San­skriti Dar­shan Trust off the PuneAhmed­na­gar road near Wagholi.

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