Over 2,000 attend another vigil and protest at the Dail. We will not be ignored. Never again! The next protest is on Wed 28th at 7pm - details HERE.
Tweets during Sinead Redmond's emotional speech
Sinead Redmond, Pro-Choice activist and heavily pregnant talks about the 8th amendment as a '152' year old relic. #Savita
New campaign @SavitasLaws http://www.savitaslaws.com/ and Facebook #Savita #rtept #legislatenow
Redmond talks about website 'Savita's Laws' established this week. #Savita
Pregnant speaker says civil and political opinion should have no role in her care #savita #dail
That last line came from a speaker who is 8 months pregnant. "My life and health are worth protecting." #Savita #LegislateForX
Very moving speech by Sinead Redmond & what I feel as we in the fucking dark ages #savita
Great emotional address from @sineadredmond calling for immediate legislation & removal of 1861 act #Savita #SavitasLaws #NeverAgain
"This is not a time to be calm. This is a time to be angry. A woman died a preventable death in an Irish hospital in 2012" #Savita
"I cannot sleep with rage, with fear"- 8 month pregnant Sinead Redmond #Savita
Sinead Redmond, of Unlike Youth Defence, says "we need movement and we need it now. Never again." #savita
Sinead Redmond cries "SHAME ON THEM!" on the steps outside Leinster House. Crowd erupts with shouts of 'shame' #Savita
"Civil and criminal law has no place in my pregnancy, in my medical treatment"- Sinead Redmond's voice breaks with emotion #Savita
Video of Clare Daly at the protest tonight
Photos from the march tonight
SAVITA Halappanavar was just 11-years-old when the X case judgment was handed down. Today, she’s a martyr to the political cowardice that, for two decades, refused to implement that ruling.
One such woman, Gráinne Bray, on RTE’s The Frontline on Monday, spoke in harrowing detail of how doctors refused to intervene in her pregnancy for fear of harming her seven-week-old twin foetuses.
"From the day I did my pregnancy test I was in acute pain, but I was turned away from A&E several times because I wasn’t bleeding and I wasn’t miscarrying. They couldn’t help me.
"One night I collapsed at home and was rushed to hospital, but they still couldn’t intervene because the foetal heartbeats were still there. That went on for another week. I was in acute pain, had an elevated white cell count, fever, drenched in sweat — they could not intervene.
"Eventually, we lost the babies and I was brought down to theatre … when they opened me up, the surgeon said he couldn’t see any internal organs I was so full of pus … the consultant told my husband that if the foetuses hadn’t died when they did, I would have been dead within a week," she said.
Mrs Bray isn’t alone. According to Dr Mark Murphy, who has published research in this area, there have been many cases when mothers, with a real and substantial risk to their lives, were forced to travel abroad for a termination of their pregnancy.
Dr Murphy, in his research, found that 9% of GPs had managed a pregnant patient with a life-threatening medical condition, but recorded only one instance of an Irish doctor performing a termination in an Irish hospital — in a case of severe preeclampsia.
"All the other cases travelled abroad for a termination despite the fact their GP felt they had a real and substantial risk to their life," he said.
These threats to life included pregnant women with cancer who required an abortion to avail of treatment like chemotherapy; women with severe cardiovascular disease requiring termination to prevent maternal ill health and those at severe psychiatric risk, like rape victims.
So, desperately ill women in these appalling situations are handed their medical files and told, "you may want to travel" — the euphemism used when women are exported, with no consideration given to the potential impact on their psychological health, to access abortion services abroad.
November 17th 2012 at 4pm thousands of people marched from The Garden of Remembrance to Merrion Square in support of Savita Halappanavar and legislation surrounding termination.
This campaign has been set up in the wake of the unnecessary death of a woman, Savita Halappanavar, in an Irish hospital in the year 2012, after being denied an abortion she repeatedly requested. Its purpose is to ensure the changing of Ireland's abortion laws to ensure that this never happens again to another woman in Ireland; to never again deny a woman of her agency in her own health decisions.
Civil and criminal law has no place in any pregnant woman's healthcare. Politicians and legislators can never be in a position to decide what is best for any and all pregnant women in Ireland. The people to make the best decisions on what is right for any given pregnant woman's health in any situation are that pregnant woman and her medical team. No longer can legislators be allowed in the operating room and given veto power over medical decisions made by doctors and patients. No other healthcare treatment is subject to such dangerous political interference, and abortion should not be either.
To ensure that the dreadful and avoidable suffering of Savita's death never happens again to any woman in this country, the following laws MUST be passed.
Firstly, legislation to allow for abortions where a pregnant woman's life is at risk must be passed IMMEDIATELY, in line with the X Case Supreme Court ruling of 1992 and the subsequent X Case referendum of 1992. Delay on this simply cannot be tolerated and is utterly inexcusable.
Secondly, the archaic and outdated Offences Against the Person Act of 1861 needs to be stricken from the books; a law banning abortion that is 152 years old has been partially responsible for a woman’s slow and painful death. 152 years ago, death during pregnancy was common; it is no longer, but this hangover from that time continues to endanger women’s lives in Ireland today.
Thirdly, the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution, Article 40.3.3, which states that “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right" MUST be removed. It is simply not possible for medical staff to safely treat ill pregnant women with this in existence. When the ‘Pro-Life Amendment Campaign’ pushed this amendment through, in 1983, they promised the Irish electorate no women would die because of this legislation. A woman is now dead. It is now dreadfully clear that they were wrong, and in the light of that we invite those campaigners to join with us in helping to reverse this terrible mistake. Women's fundamental right to life cannot and is not being vindicated in Ireland while this article remains in our constitution.
Fourthly and finally, we look to the Irish Medical Council to draw up properly governing policies, codes of ethics, and clinical protocols for abortion. We expect these, and the medical discretion of healthcare professionals to cover pregnant women’s health decisions– just as they do for all other healthcare.
For twenty years Irish governments have been told that they must establish an accessible and effective procedure for women to have abortions in Ireland when their life is at risk. Today, people marched.
"At 4pm today outside the Irish consulate in Edinburgh, about fifty people came to stand vigil for Savita Halappanavar, to sign Diwali cards for Enda Kenny and James Reilly."
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In Dublin, in counties all over Ireland and in places over the world people stood in vigil for Savita and demanding change from the Irish government.
These photos are from various sources, collated on this page
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