Ireland’s Pro-Abortion Activists Exploit Indian Woman’s Death

candlelight vigil for Savita Halappanavar
A candlelit vigil is held outside University Hospital Galway in Galway, Ireland, Nov. 15. The Irish government on Thursday pledged to urgently clarify its vague abortion laws after an Indian woman died in an Irish hospital after being denied a termination, sparking an outcry from voters and criticism from the Indian government. Thousands held a candle-lit vigil outside parliament on Wednesday after the news broke of the death of Savita Halappanavar, 31, from septicaemia days after miscarrying 17 weeks into her pregnancy and her husband said she had been denied an abortion. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)

Savita Halappanavar died last week of blood poisoning after doctors denied the 17-week pregnant woman an abortion. In the wake of her tragic death, masses of pro-abortion activists exploited the news in a march through Dublin.

The Associated Press reports:

“Marchers, many of them mothers and daughters walking side by side, chanted "Never again!" and held pictures of Savita Halappanavar as they paraded across the city to stage a nighttime candlelit vigil outside the office of Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

The 31-year-old, who was 17 weeks pregnant with her first child, died Oct. 28 one week after being hospitalized with severe pain at the start of a miscarriage. Her death, made public by her husband this week, has highlighted Ireland's long struggle to come to grips with abortion.

The case illustrates a 20-year-old confusion in abortion law in Ireland, where the practice is outlawed in the constitution. A 1992 Supreme Court ruling decreed that abortions should be legal to save the life of the woman, including if she makes credible threats to commit suicide if denied one. But successive governments have refused to pass legislation spelling out the rules governing that general principle, leaving the decision up to individual doctors in an environment of secrecy.”

Although the death of both mother and child is tragic, abortion activists should not use this tragedy to push for legalized abortion in Ireland. But that's exactly what's happening.

Indeed, the outrage may be sincere among some protestors, but make no mistake: abortionists will use Halappanavar's unfortunate death as a reason to push more death through legalized murder of pre-born children.

It's time to pray. It's time to pray for the widower who lost his wife and unborn child. And it's time to pray that abortion not make greater inroads into Ireland. Lives are at stake.

Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including Did the Spirit of God Say That? You can email Jennifer at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

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