Savita Halappanavar's parents want 'Irish abortion law to be named after daughter'

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 20, 2012 04:30 hrs

Parents of Indian woman Savita Halappanavar, who died in an Irish hospital after being refused an abortion, want the amended abortion law to be named after their daughter.

"I appeal to the government to name the legislation in her memory," her father Andanappa Yalagi said.

The Irish government has announced that it will legislate for abortion when the mother's life is at risk.

Speaking at their home in Karnataka, the parents welcomed the decision by Ireland to repeal legislation that makes abortion a criminal act and to introduce regulations allowing abortions when a woman's life is in danger.

According to the BBC, Yalagi said his daughter had repeatedly asked for a termination of the pregnancy and he blamed the doctors for her death.

"They watched her die. They should be punished," he added.

Dentist Savita, 31, died on October 28 after she was refused a potentially life-saving abortion.

Her husband believes that she would still be alive if she had been granted an abortion days earlier, when she was told she was losing her baby.

The widower alleged doctors refused his wife's requests because there was a foetal heartbeat. (ANI)

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