People Are Leaving Heartbreaking Messages At This Mural To A Woman Who Died After A Miscarriage In Ireland
Savita Halappanavar, who died in 2012 after being denied an abortion, has become the face of the Yes campaign.
This is a mural to Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist who died in 2012 at University Hospital Galway in Ireland due to complications arising from a septic miscarriage.
Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks' pregnant, had been told by doctors at the hospital that a miscarriage was inevitable, and had requested an abortion because there was a risk of infection.
The medical team had judged her life was not in danger, and so, given Ireland's strict abortion laws, the abortion was denied. She miscarried and died of sepsis, a week after being admitted to hospital. According to her husband, she had been told "this is a Catholic country" after repeated requests for an abortion.
In part as a result of the protest movement, an abortion bill was brought into law which defined the circumstances around which abortion can be legally performed.
Halappanavar's father has urged voters in Ireland to repeal the Eighth Amendment, telling the Guardian: "I hope the people of Ireland remember my daughter Savita on the day of the referendum, and that what happened to her won’t happen to any other family.”
A survey conducted for the Irish Times by Ipsos MRBI, released on Friday, predicted that 68% of people had voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment, with 32% voting to keep the current law in place.
These are some of the messages that have been left at the mural, which was made by the artist Aches.
After exit polls suggested that Ireland was set to liberalise its abortion laws, Halappanavar’s parents told the Irish Times they were "really, really happy".