The father of a pregnant Indian woman who died after being refused an abortion in Ireland has urged the country’s prime minister to change its abortion laws.
In a direct appeal to taoiseach Enda Kenny, Andanappa Yalagi said altering the legislation would “save the lives of so many women in the future”.
Mr Yalagi’s daughter Savita Halappanavar, 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when she died at Galway University Hospital on 28 October after suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia.
Her husband Praveen alleged his wife, who is a dentist, pleaded with doctors to perform a medical termination.
Doctors are said to have denied her requests because the foetus’s heartbeat was present – reportedly telling her: “This is a Catholic country”.
In an interview, Mr Yalagi said: “Sir, take consideration of humanity. Please change the law on abortion, which will help to save the lives of so many women in the future.”