Vigils are being held in Donegal and across the country on Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar.
On Saturday, Inishowen Abortion Rights Campaign is holding a vigil at 7pm in The Diamond, Carndonagh; and Abortion Rights Campaign Donegal is holding a vigil at 7pm in the Market Square, Letterkenny.
Galway Pro Choice had extended an invitation to people across the country to mark the anniversary with a candlelit vigil.
Professor Peter Boylan, former master of Holles Street Maternity Hospital, last week told the Oireachtas committee on abortion that Ms. Halappanavar died as a consequence of the Eighth Amendment.
“We come together to mark the fifth anniversary of the passing of Savita Halappanavar, and we remember the women who have died since her passing also,” Cathleen Shiels, spokesperson for the Inishowen ARC, said. “We think of the families of those lost women and we hope they are able to find peace.
“The Eighth Amendment is indiscriminate; whether you are experiencing complications in a planned and welcomed pregnancy, like Savita; or experiencing a crisis pregnancy - the Eighth Amendment prohibits access to timely and compassionate abortion services,” she said.
She said healthcare professionals can only intervene when there is a risk to the life, as distinct to the health, of a pregnant woman.
Ms. Shiels said, “Savita deserved better, we all do. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family.”
If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Live editorial team any time. To contact Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press, email firstname.lastname@example.org To contact Donegal Post, email email@example.com To contact Inish Times, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.