THE FATHER of Savita Halappanavar, who passed away after being refused an abortion in 2012, has thanked voters in Ireland following the Abortion Referendum.
With 32 of 40 constituencies called, the Yes vote currently holds a 67.6 per cent majority.
With a repeal of the Eighth Amendment almost certain, Halappanavar’s father Andanappa Yalagi praised Irish voters.
Speaking to the Guardian, he said: “We’ve got justice for Savita, and what happened to her will not happen to any other family now.
“I have no words to express my gratitude to the people of Ireland at this historic moment.”
In 2012, 31-year-old Halappanavar was admitted to Galway University Hospital when she was 17 weeks pregnant.
After experiencing difficulties and with a miscarriage inevitable, she requested a termination.
She was refused due to the presence of a foetal heartbeat and no apparent risk to her, however after developing sepsis she passed away a week after being admitted.
Yes supporters have been paying tribute to the late dentist at a mural in Dublin and on social media.
— Laura Silver (@laurafleur) 26 May 2018
People are leaving flowers, YES badges and their “I’ve voted” stickers at the Savita mural at the Bernard Shaw in Dublin. My heart. 💚
— Una Mullally (@UnaMullally) 25 May 2018
Here's to an Ireland of the future in which never again will a woman suffer like Savita Halappanavar who died - entirely unnecessarily - of sepsis, at age 31, after being denied an abortion, even though her doctors said miscarriage was inevitable. #RepealThe8th pic.twitter.com/oxRBVzBi5C
— Rachel Clarke (@doctor_oxford) 26 May 2018
Let's hope this brings a modicum of closure for Savita's parents and husband. https://t.co/nbkmYeehOK
— Simon Palmer 🎧📟📻🎶🇬🇧🇮🇪 (@SimonJohnPalmer) 26 May 2018
So proud of Ireland today. For Savita. For every woman whose story never got told. It may have been too late for them but we can now truthfully say never again. #repealtheeighth #hometovote #together4yes https://t.co/y2tfCKeDAJ
— Labour Irish Society (@labourirish) 26 May 2018
Ireland's #RepealedThe8th referendum counting is on. Looks like it will be a victory for pro-choice. Will be a tribute to Savita Halappanavar if the ban on abortion is overturned.
— Pooja Prasanna (@PoojaPrasanna4) 26 May 2018
The scene at Savita’s mural in Dublin’s Portobello as polls closed in Ireland’s abortion referendum pic.twitter.com/VAbVPSpCgi
— Rita O'Reilly (@RitaOReilly) 25 May 2018