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Woman Who Was Denied Abortion Dies In Ireland

NPR | Nov. 16, 2012 8:55 a.m.

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Philip Reeves

An Indian woman who was 17 weeks pregnant entered University Hospital Galway in western Ireland in severe pain. Doctors quickly determined that Savita Halappanavar was miscarrying, but they refused to perform an abortion for three days. It was only when the fetus showed no signs of life that they removed its remains. By that time, the woman had developed severe blood poisoning and she died soon thereafter.

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