MEPs call for Ireland abortion law changes

Fifty-three members of the European parliament have called on the Irish Government to legislate on abortion after a woman died after being refused an abortion.

Savita Halappanavar, 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when she died after suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia.

Protesters in Ireland calls for changes to the law on abortion
Protesters in Ireland have called for changes to the law on abortion Credit: Press Assocation

The letter was initiated by Irish MEP Paul Murphy and MEP Mikael Gustafsson, who is chair of the Women's Rights and Equality Committee.

Mr Murphy said:

"The breadth of support for this letter demonstrates the anger that exists around the world at the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, a death that could have been avoided by legislation on abortion in Ireland. As 20,000 people demanded yesterday on the streets of Dublin - we need legislation now."

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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.