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Irish abortion law: change necessary to protect women’s rights and dignity

Strasbourg, 19.11.2012 - Following the death in Ireland of Savita Halappanavar, who was denied a termination of pregnancy in spite of serious complications, Tina Acketoft (Sweden, ALDE), Chairperson of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), expressed her profound indignation.

“Abortion was refused even though the foetus that Savita was carrying did not stand any chance of survival. She was left suffering and crying for help until she died. I consider what happened to Savita an affront to human dignity and a serious form of violence,” said Ms Acketoft.

“I call on the Irish authorities to take immediate steps to align Irish legislation with European standards and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. The only way in which this disturbing death can be a little less pointless, is by ensuring that no more women die in Ireland from being denied legal abortion,” she concluded.