Savita Halappanavar's family said she asked several times for her pregnancy to be terminated because she had severe back pain and was miscarrying
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Savita Halappanavar dies after abortion request 'refused'

The death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant is the subject of two investigations at University Hospital Galway in the Republic of Ireland.

Savita Halappanavar's family said she asked several times for her pregnancy to be terminated because she had severe back pain and was miscarrying.

Her family claimed it was refused because there was a foetal heartbeat. She died on 28 October.

An autopsy carried out two days later found she had died from septicaemia.

Mark Simpson reports on an area of law which he described as "clear as mud".

  • 14 Nov 2012