Savita Halappanavar's life could have been saved, says British MP

Savita Halappanavar's life could have been saved, says British MP
London: Noting that religious views have taken precedence over medical need, an Indian-origin British Member of Parliament on Friday said the two inquiries launched by Ireland into the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar should satisfy her family and friends.

Savita's life could have been saved if medical procedures were taken in need of the patient in the hospital, said Virendra Sharma, a Labour MP.

"Savita Halappanavar, 31, died after complications with her pregnancy on October 28 after being denied an abortion as Ireland is a Catholic country. Halappanavar's family had asked several times for an abortion. However, they were refused due to Ireland's constitution which bans abortion," he said in a statement.

"The Irish authorities need to ensure where there is a complication, risk of life or death, medical procedures are always taken in need of the patient. I am concerned that religious views have taken precedence over medical need, suggesting medical negligence. Two lives were taken on October
28 but it must be made clear that one life could have been saved," Mr Sharma said.

"I'm hopeful that the two inquiries investigating the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar are carried out, answering key questions relating to the decisions and actions that led to the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar," he added.