Thursday, 22 November 2012
Dear All, An emergency protest took place outside the Irish Embassy in London on 14th November. The protest was a demand for the full abortion rights for women across Ireland. Savita Halappanavar was refused an abortion despite the fact that she was experiencing a painful and traumatic miscarriage. As a result, she died in Galway. This case has exposed further the medieval conditions facing women in Ireland, both north and south. Case X established the right to abortion when the woman's life was at risk 20 years ago but women in Ireland are still waiting for the full implementation of this judicial precedent. We demand full abortion rights for women across Ireland. Ruth Coppinger, the Socialist Party Councillor in Ireland stated: “This medieval state of affairs persists because of the cowardly inaction of successive governments since 1992 as well as the lethal foot dragging by this government who voted down a United Left Alliance backed bill that would have saved Savita's life and potentially the lives of other women. Legislation for X must proceed immediately to prevent this from happening again. Joe Higgins TD and others will seek a debate today in the Dáil over what has happened. However we cannot assume that this needless tragedy will bring the political establishment to their senses. People power pressure from below is what is required.” Yours fraternally Austin Harney.