COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER PAT Rabbitte has said that a leaked report into the death of Savita Halappanavar appears to support the government’s decision to legislate for the X Case on abortion.
The Evening Herald today reports details of a draft report by the Health Service Executive into the death of the Indian woman at University Hospital Galway last October, days after her family claim she had asked for but was denied an abortion.
Speaking on Newstalk radio, the communications minister said: “The suggestion seems to be that medical negligence was a contributory factor but that in addition there are no clear guidelines here and that doctors felt that their hands were tied.
“Now that seems to me to be more tangible, hard evidence than we might have expected to support the measures embarked on by government in respect of legislating for the X Case.”
He said there was an obligation on TDs and senators to bring “legal clarity” to what he said was a “hugely complex issue”.