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"The father of the young woman who died after being refused an emergency abortion in Ireland has appealed directly to the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, to change the country's legislation on abortion.

Interviewed by the Observer, Andanappa Yalagi issued a personal plea to Kenny: "Sir, please change your law and take consideration of humanity. Please change the law on abortion, which will help to save the lives of so many women in the future."


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"When I got a call late on Wednesday night, 7 November, from a contact telling me about a woman who had died in hospital in the west of Ireland– having been miscarrying an unviable foetus and having asked repeatedly for a termination – I suspected it could be a big story. If it were true, the political and constitutional implications for Ireland were enormous. What I was not prepared for was how the death of this young Indian Hindu woman would cause consternation across the world."

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The parents of the woman who died after being refused an abortion in a Galway hospital have blamed Ireland's abortion laws for her death.

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Indian ambassador to Ireland says hospitals in his country would not have denied miscarrying woman an abortion

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Health authorities in Ireland are investigating the death of a pregnant woman whose husband says she was denied an abortion following severe complications.

Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of septicaemia a week after presenting with back pain on 21 October at University hospital in Galway, where she was found to be miscarrying.

After the 31-year-old dentist was told that she was miscarrying, her husband reportedly said that she had asked for a medical termination a number of times over a three day period, during which she was in severe pain.

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