Parents of Savita Halappanavar urge the people of Ireland to Vote Yes in upcoming abortion referendum
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Parents of Savita Halappanavar urge the people of Ireland to Vote Yes in upcoming abortion referendum

THE PARENTS of the deceased 31-year-old have appealed to Irish voters to save the "younger daughters of Ireland".

Halappanavar's father, Andanappa has recorded a message speaking about the pain and upset his family still hold regarding the death of his daughter.

Savita, 31, entered Galway's University Hospital 17-weeks pregnant six years ago.

Halappanavar had asked for a termination of her pregnancy but was told it could not be done because a foetal heartbeat was still present. Once the heartbeat stopped, the procedure was carried out. She later died of septicaemia.

After his daughter was denied an abortion six years ago, Halappanavar's father begs the people of Ireland to repeal the 8th amendment in a video clip recorded that lasts one minute 15 seconds.

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Andanappa begins his plea with: "My dear brothers and sisters of Ireland, I am Savita's unfortunate father Andanappa speaking on the historic event of repeal of the 8th amendment.

The day the people of the island who now know the pain and memory of our loving daughter Savita."

He suggests that no other family should be put through the heartbreak that he and his family suffered when Savita died: "No family in future should have to undergo what we have gone through the worry and sorrow that's still persistent in our hearts even after some six years.

The life that Savita had, she had a very long life to lead but it was cut down mercilessly there."

He adds that the younger women of Ireland should be saved of the needless pain and subsequent death Savita endured: "I strongly feel that the younger daughters of Ireland should not have the fate of Savita.

I hope that people in Ireland will remember the fate of our daughter Savita on the day of the referendum and vote Yes so that what happened to us won't happen to any families."

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