Friday 15 December 2017

I understand how this woman's family must feel, says Savita's mum

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Q THE family of Savita Halappanavar have told of their distress that more women living in Ireland have died after abortion requests were turned down.

Mahadevi Yalagi, the mother of the young dentist, said their hearts remained broken at Savita's death and their sympathy went out to any other family facing a similar loss.

Speaking from her home in Belguam, India, Mrs Yalagi urged the Irish government to move quickly to change the laws here.

She was commenting following the death of a woman who travelled from Dublin to the UK for an abortion. The young foreign national who was living in Ireland, died from a heart attack caused by extensive internal blood loss just hours after having the procedure on January 21, 2012.

"I'm so sorry to hear of this case. It is actually very hard for me to hear these things after what happened to Savita. It's very upsetting for our family and I understand how this woman's family must feel," Mrs Yalagi said.

Mrs Yalagi said cases like this were the reason the family continued to fight for justice in Savita's case. "No more women should die because of these laws, they need to be changed immediately," she said.

Irish Independent

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