Labour and Fine Gael bear responsibility for death of woman who was denied abortion.

A press statement from United Left Alliance TDs Clare Daly and Joan Collins about the appalling death of Savita Halappanavar

Legislate for X Case Now.

The death last weekend of a woman who was denied a life-saving abortion is an outrage which demands immediate action, said ULA TD's Clare Daly and Joan Collins. 'Sadly,' said Clare Daly:

the very thing we feared last April when we put our X Case Bill before the Dáil, has happened. A woman has died because Galway University Hospital refused to perform an abortion needed to prevent serious risk to her life. This is a situation we were told would never arise. An unviable fetus - the woman was having a miscarriage - was given priority over the woman's life, who unfortunately and predictably developed septicemia and died.

First and foremost we wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the woman's husband, family and friends for their terribly loss. This loss is all the worse because it need not have happened. Make no mistake, had Labour and Fine Gael acted upon our Bill, medical guidelines could have been in place which would have ensured that there would have been no grounds for equivocation about performing an abortion when there was a risk to the life of the woman. Instead, the government took the cowardly step of hiding behind the fourth 'expert group' on abortion since 1992. This refusal to act has contributed to the circumstances which brought about this woman's death. Fianna Fáil and theGreens also bear responsibility, due to their failure to legislate for the X Case.

Joan Collins said that the TD's demand immediate action by the government.

We demand a full and public enquiry into the circumstances of this woman's death. We demand that Minister Reilly immediately publish the report of his 'expert group' - now four months overdue from its own promised publication date. We intend to re-submit our X Case Bill, which provides for legal abortion when there is a risk to the life of a woman, as soon as we can. We demand that the government immediately provide Dáil time to promptly bring our Bill into law.

A woman's life has been sacrificed due to the unwillingness of Labour, Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Greens to legislate in line with the Supreme Court ruling on the X Case in 1992. We call on the women ofIreland to take to the streets to ensure that action is taken to stop this ever happening again. The first step is to protest at the Dáil at 6pm on Wednesday evening, November 14.

Further comment:
Clare Daly TD 087 241 5576
Joan Collins TD 086 388 8151


  1. Is this society backward? The image projected to the world is that we run about muttering prayers with a pig under our arm.

  2. Anthony when you consider the peoples reaction to Austerity and sexual abuse scandals,then that description may be closer to the mark than you intended a cara.

  3. If you had more oil or a swarthier populace, every major paper in America would be howling about the backward tyrants of Galway, and how the women of Galway needed an immediate invasion to protect their abortion rights.

    Unfortunately, you do not have enough oil at this time. Please continue to hold.

  4. Was Clare Daly in the delivery room?She seems to be privy to information that the rest of us have not. Or maybe she is making it up.