How one woman’s death pushed the Irish on abortion

How one woman's death pushed the Irish on abortion

By Nick Miller
25 May 2018

London: Five years ago Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old pregnant woman, died of blood poisoning in the middle of the night in a hospital in Galway, after staff had refused to consider terminating her pregnancy until she was almost beyond saving.

That young dentist’s death galvanised the country’s pro-choice forces into action and, if the polls are accurate, on Friday Ireland will vote to end its abortion ban in a historic referendum.