Galway tragedy highlights urgent need for legislation
November 14, 2012
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar in University Hospital, Galway, underlines the need for long overdue legislation to provide for the termination of pregnancy where the life of the woman is in real danger.
He said: “I extend deepest sympathy to the family of Savita Halappanavar. News of her death in such tragic and traumatic circumstances has caused distress to people throughout the country.
“While we must await the outcome of on-going inquiries before drawing conclusions on all aspects of this particular case, it is clear that the tragedy highlights once again the need for long overdue legislation to provide for the termination of pregnancy where the life of the woman is in real danger.
“From the testimony of the husband of the deceased it appears that Savita was denied a termination on alleged legal and ethical grounds, even though it was clear that the baby would not survive and that the mother’s life was in danger from infection.
“The absence of the required legislation denies women protection and the right to obtain a termination in such circumstances. It also creates an ambiguous legal situation for clinicians in the same circumstances.
“Minister James Reilly has stated that he does not wish to be the seventh Minister for Health to fail to legislate in this regard. He must keep that commitment.” ENDS