We ask that everyone who can, who wants to show their sympathy with Savita's husband, family and friends, to show solidarity with them in their time of grief and loss, light a candle placed in a specially designed candlebag in her name in a window on the 31-day anniversary of her death, Wednesday 28th November.

You can download the candlebag template from http://i.imgur.com/v0r50.jpg - Follow the instructions to print and make the candle bag. Place it in your window on Wednesday 28th November 2012 to commemorate the one month anniversary of Savita Halappanavar’s passing, and send a photo of your window with the general location to actionsforchoice@gmail.com and we will post it online to show nationwide support.

This commemorative candle bag is a symbol of sympathy and solidarity;  sympathy for the unnecessary death of  Savita Halappanavar and solidarity with her family’s struggle for justice. It marks the one month anniversary of Savita's tragic and unnecessary death; a tradition that is observed in both Ireland and India. This small gesture in memory of Savita might also be a big comfort for women and men in your community who have suffered due to the unwillingness of successive Irish governments to legislate for their care.  In times of tragedy, the saddest experience is the feeling of not being able to do anything.  Sadly, we cannot do anything for Savita now but together we can make sure it never happens again to anyone else in Ireland.

Below is a list of TDs and how they voted.

Using this tool please contact your TD and tell them you are PRO CHOICE and if they voted yes, thank them and if they voted no tell them what matters to you, their constituent!


How the TDs voted:

  • Gerry Adams (SF) voted Yes
  • James Bannon (FG) voted No
  • Seán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle) abstained
  • Tom Barry (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Richard Boyd Barrett (ULA) voted Yes
  • Pat Breen (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Thomas P. Broughan (Ind/Lab) voted Yes
  • John Browne (FG) voted No
  • Richard Bruton (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Joan Burton (Lab) voted No
  • Ray Butler (FG) voted No
  • Jerry Buttimer (FG) voted No
  • Catherine Byrne (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Eric Byrne (Lab) voted No
  • Dara Calleary (FF) voted No
  • Ciarán Cannon (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Joe Carey (FG) voted No
  • Paudie Coffey (FG) voted No
  • Niall Collins (FF) voted No
  • Áine Collins (FG) voted No
  • Joan Collins (ULA) voted Yes
  • Michael Colreavy (SF) voted Yes
  • Michael Conaghan (Lab) voted No
  • Seán Conlan (FG) voted No
  • Paul J. Connaughton (FG) voted No
  • Ciara Conway (Lab) voted No
  • Noel Coonan (FG) voted No
  • Marcella Corcoran Kennedy (FG) voted No
  • Joe Costello (Lab) was absent/abstained
  • Simon Coveney (FG) voted No
  • Barry Cowen (FG) voted No
  • Michael Creed (FG) voted No
  • Lucinda Creighton (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Seán Crowe (SF) voted Yes
  • Jim Daly (FG) voted No
  • Clare Daly (ULA) voted Yes
  • John Deasy (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Jimmy Deenihan (FG) voted No
  • Pat Deering (FG) voted No
  • Regina Doherty (FG) voted No
  • Pearse Doherty (SF) voted Yes
  • Stephen S. Donnelly (Ind) voted Yes
  • Paschal Donohoe (FG) voted No
  • Timmy Dooley (FF) voted No
  • Robert Dowds (Lab) voted No
  • Andrew Doyle (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Bernard J. Durkan (FG) voted No
  • Dessie Ellis (SF) voted Yes
  • Damien English (FG) voted No
  • Alan Farrell (FG) voted No
  • Frank Feighan (FG) voted No
  • Martin Ferris (SF) voted Yes
  • Anne Ferris (Lab) was absent/abstained
  • Frances Fitzgerald (FG) voted No
  • Peter Fitzpatrick (FG) voted No
  • Charles Flanagan (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Terence Flanagan (FG) voted No
  • Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (Ind) voted Yes
  • Sean Fleming (FF) was absent/abstained
  • Tom Fleming (Ind) was absent/abstained
  • Eamon Gilmore (Lab) voted No
  • Noel Grealish (Ind) was absent/abstained
  • Brendan Griffin (FG) voted No
  • John Halligan (Ind) voted Yes
  • Dominic Hannigan (Lab) was absent/abstained
  • Noel Harrington (FG) voted No
  • Simon Harris (FG) voted No
  • Brian Hayes (FG) voted No
  • Tom Hayes (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Seamus Healy (ULA) voted Yes
  • Michael Healy-Rae (Ind) voted No
  • Martin Heydon (FG) voted No
  • Joe Higgins (ULA) voted Yes
  • Phil Hogan (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Brendan Howlin (Lab) was absent/abstained
  • Heather Humphreys (FG) voted No
  • Kevin Humphreys (Lab) voted No
  • Derek Keating (FG) voted No
  • Colm Keaveney (Lab) was absent/abstained
  • Paul Kehoe (FG) voted No
  • Billy Kelleher (FF) voted No
  • Alan Kelly (Lab) voted No
  • Enda Kenny (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Seán Kenny (Lab) voted No
  • Seamus Kirk (FG) voted No
  • Michael P. Kitt (FF) voted No
  • Seán Kyne (FG) voted No
  • Anthony Lawlor (FG) voted No
  • Michael Lowry (Ind) voted No
  • Kathleen Lynch (Lab) voted No
  • Ciarán Lynch (Lab) voted No
  • John Lyons (Lab) voted No
  • Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (SF) voted Yes
  • Eamonn Maloney (Lab) voted No
  • Micheál Martin (FF) was absent/abstained
  • Peter Mathews (FG) voted No
  • Michael McCarthy (Lab) was absent/abstained
  • Charlie McConalogue (FF) voted No
  • Mary Lou McDonald (SF) voted Yes
  • Shane McEntee (FG) voted No
  • Nicky McFadden (FG) voted No
  • Dinny McGinley (FG) voted No
  • Mattie McGrath (Ind) voted No
  • Finian McGrath (Ind) was absent/abstained
  • Michael McGrath (FG) voted No
  • John McGuinness (FF) was absent/abstained
  • Joe McHugh (FG) voted No
  • Sandra McLellan (SF) voted Yes
  • Tony McLoughlin (FG) voted No
  • Michael McNamara (Lab) voted No
  • Olivia Mitchell (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) voted No
  • Michael Moynihan (FF) voted No
  • Michelle Mulherin (FG) voted No
  • Dara Murphy (FG) voted No
  • Eoghan Murphy (FG) voted No
  • Catherine Murphy (Ind) voted Yes
  • Gerald Nash (Lab) voted No
  • Denis Naughten (Ind/FG) was absent/abstained
  • Dan Neville (FG) voted No
  • Derek Nolan (Lab) was absent/abstained
  • Michael Noonan (FG) voted No
  • Patrick Nulty (Ind/Lab) voted Yes
  • Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (SF) voted Yes
  • Éamon Ó Cuív (FF) voted No
  • Seán Ó Fearghaíl (FF) voted No
  • Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (Lab) voted No
  • Aengus Ó Snodaigh (SF) voted Yes
  • Jonathan O’Brien (SF) voted Yes
  • Willie O’Dea (FF) was absent/abstained
  • Kieran O’Donnell (FG) voted No
  • Patrick O’Donovan (FG) voted No
  • Fergus O’Dowd (FG) was absent/abstained
  • John O’Mahony (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Joe O’Reilly (FG) voted No
  • Jan O’Sullivan (Lab) was absent/abstained
  • Maureen O’Sullivan (Ind) voted Yes
  • Willie Penrose (Ind/Lab) was absent/abstained
  • John Perry (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Ann Phelan (Lab) voted No
  • John Paul Phelan (FG) voted No
  • Thomas Pringle (Ind) voted Yes
  • Ruairí Quinn (Lab) was absent/abstained
  • Pat Rabbitte (Lab) voted No
  • James Reilly (FG) voted No
  • Michael Ring (FG) voted No
  • Shane Ross (Ind) was absent/abstained
  • Brendan Ryan (Lab) voted No
  • Alan Shatter (FG) voted No
  • Sean Sherlock (Lab) was absent/abstained
  • Róisín Shortall (Ind/Lab) voted No
  • Brendan Smith (FF) voted No
  • Arthur Spring (Lab) voted No
  • Emmet Stagg (Lab) voted No
  • Brian Stanley (SF) voted Yes
  • David Stanton (FG) voted No
  • Billy Timmins (FG) voted No
  • Peadar Tóibín (SF) was absent/abstained
  • Robert Troy (FG) was absent/abstained
  • Joanna Tuffy (Lab) voted No
  • Liam Twomey (FG) voted No
  • Leo Varadkar (FG) voted No
  • Jack Wall (Lab) voted No
  • Mick Wallace (Ind) voted Yes
  • Brian Walsh (FG) voted No
  • Alex White (Lab) voted No
Every day 12 women leave Ireland to access abortion services in the UK. Who are these women and girls? You might be surprised. Women who have abortions come from all walks and all stages of life. They are women you know.

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Sinead Redmond is 8 months pregnant. Anyone who expected this condition had caused her to mellow her views on women's fertility would have those prejudices brushed aside once she took the mic.

Speaking for all women who find themselves in her circumstances she shelved her inevitable fear of birthing to express sympathy to Savita's. Sinead reserved her venom for the spineless politicians who refused to facilitate an environment which could have saved Savita's and other women's lives. She is down on a medical profession that chose not to provide adequate support to a mother in severe risk of death, and is ultimately angry and critical at her fellow citizens who seek to justify indignity Savita endured by appealing to some form of divine reason.

Sinead's child will be from to become the prevailing standard.

Moving, incredible video of the protest today. 
A short video of the Protest for Savita Halappanavar outside the Dail on 21 Nov 2012.

It is time to change the abortion laws in Ireland. The x case does not go far enough. Free choice for free women.

Constitutional lawyers William Binchy (Pro-Life Amendment Campaign) and Mary Robinson (Anti-Amendment Campaign) debate the legal implications of the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution on a Today Tonight Referendum Results special, 8 September 1983.
The world is watching, a live stream would help us get the message across. People are tweeting under the tag #Savita, thousands of people are attending the events, we want to bring those who cant attend in person with us by live streaming the protest. 

Can you help? Please contact us or spread the word!

Savita Halappanavar died from infection after being refused an abortion in an Irish hospital even though she was miscarrying. Her death has reignited the abortion debate in the Catholic country where abortion is allowed only to save the life of the mother. Should Ireland’s abortion laws be changed or are current laws sufficient? The world is watching this case with #Savita. Join the conversation at 19:30GMT. 

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to

Niall O’Dowd
Founder, IrishCentral.com 

Dr Seán Ó Domhnaill @lifeinstitute
Director, The Life Institute 

Sarah McCarthy @galwayprochoice
Spokesperson, Galway Pro-Choice 

Michael Nugent @micknugent
Chairperson, Atheist Ireland 

Colette Browne @colettebrowne
Irish Examiner Columnist 

Rory Fitzgerald @roryfitzgerald
Journalist and Lawyer 

'Just a few months after Irish doctors reaffirmed Ireland's abortion ban by determining that in zero cases an abortion would be medically necessary to save the life of the mother, 31-year-old Hindu dentist Savita Halappanavar died tragically after miscarrying 17 weeks into her pregnancy when doctors refused to abort the fetus. She spent three days in agonizing pain, asking for the abortion that could save her life, but each time the doctors refused, telling her, "Sorry, this is a Catholic country." Savita was not Catholic. There was nothing her doctors could've done to save the fetus. But an abortion would have saved her life.'

Full article here.