Ireland has formed an expert panel to investigate whether the life of an Indian woman who died in an Irish hospital could have been saved had she undergone an abortion.
The case of Savita Halappanavar has focused worldwide attention on Ireland’s two-decade failure to clearly define when abortions can be performed legally to save the life of a woman.
The 31-year-old dentist died on 28 October, one week after being hospitalised with an imminent miscarriage. Her husband said they asked for three days for an abortion to ease her pain but were refused as the foetus still had a heartbeat. Ms Halappanavar died from internal infections and organ failure three days after the foetus died.