When the consultant in the Irish hospital said the country was against abortion, it was the law, and that this is a Catholic country, Savita reportedly said: 'I am neither Irish nor Catholic' but the hospital staff said there was nothing they could do.
Now, pressure is mounting in Ireland for the government to draft a law spelling out when life-saving abortions can be performed following the death in the hospital of a pregnant woman who was denied an abortion.
Thousands have rallied in London, Dublin, Cork and Galway in memory of Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist who died a week after doctors said she was starting to miscarry her 17-week-old fetus.
Despite her pain, doctors refused her request for an abortion for three days because the fetus had a heartbeat. She died from blood poisoning three days after the fetus died.
Irish gynecologists said on Thursday they want the government to close a 20-year-old hole in abortion law that leaves them fearing prosecution if they abort a living fetus to protect a woman's life.
Savita's parents slam Irish abortion laws
The parents of an Indian woman who suffered a miscarriage and died after being refused an abortion in an Irish hospital have slammed Ireland's abortion laws.
Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she miscarried and died last month.
Ireland's government confirmed Wednesday that Halappanavar suffered from blood poisoning and died after being denied an abortion, reigniting the debate over legalizing abortion in the predominantly Catholic country.
A. Mahadevi, Halappanavar's mother, said Thursday that in trying to save a 4-month-old fetus doctors killed her 31-year-old daughter.
Halappanavar's husband, Praveen, said doctors knew his wife was miscarrying within hours of her hospitalization for severe pain Oct. 21. But he said for three days they refused requests for an abortion to combat her pain and fading health. She died a week later.