Ireland abortion death inquiry

Irish officials have removed three consultants from an inquiry into the death of a pregnant Indian woman in hospital. Praveen Halappanavar, whose wife Savita died after a miscarriage, had refused to co-operate unless the doctors were removed.

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Irish health minister given report on abortion laws

Ireland's health minister James Reilly said Savita Halappanavar's death was a tragedy and that he would be seeking a report on the incident.

He also confirmed that another report by a 14-member expert group advising the government on abortion laws in the wake of a European Court of Human Rights ruling landed on his desk last night.

The ruling found the state violated the rights of a woman with cancer who was forced to travel abroad.

The report has been a bit delayed but it landed in my department last night.

I haven't had an opportunity to review it and I need to do that, and I need to do that carefully before I make the next move I make.

– James Reilly, Ireland's health minister

The minister added that the report was due to be completed by the end of October, but that extra time was sought and he had expected it on November 12.

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