20 November 2012
The medically avoidable, gut-wrenchingly painful death of Savita Halappanavar in an Irish hospital on October 28 brought thousands of Irish citizens, most of them born Catholics, to the streets in heartwarming solidarity with the family of an unknown Indian. Savita was denied an abortion though she was miscarrying, on grounds that it was illegal in the Catholic nation. She protested that she was not a Catholic and her husband pointed out that there was no chance of saving the foetus. Yet the doctors refused and did not shift her to neighbouring England; she suffered untold agony for a few days before death ended her misery.