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Martina Devlin: Trappings of civilisation can't cloak our medieval practices

Published 15/11/2012 | 07:00

Savita Halappanavar
Savita Halappanavar

IS it time to get angry yet? High time. Fury is the only sane and logical response to proof that, despite the paraphernalia of modernity, Ireland operates as a medieval society.

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Justifiable anger – precipitating a demand for fast-tracked legislation – is the appropriate reaction to the death of a woman in an Irish hospital, who was refused a termination and went on to miscarry her baby.

We don't know if Savita Halappanavar may have lived had she been given the termination she asked for repeatedly, after medics at Galway University Hospital advised her 17-week pregnancy wasn't viable.

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