Ireland to hold referendum on abortion laws; years after Indian-origin woman died

The referendum vote to repeal the ban in this traditionally Catholic country was predicted to win by a two-thirds majority.

With the death of Indian-origin woman died in year 2012 after her requests to terminate a 17-week pregnancy were denied by the Catholic country of Ireland, the movement for abortion rights has peaked now.

This will take place in a historic referendum on liberalizing its abortion law, considered one of the strictest laws in Europe.

The referendum vote to repeal the ban in this traditionally Catholic country was predicted to win by a two-thirds majority.

The abortion campaign had gathered steam after an Indian-origin woman Savita Halappanavar died and she has now become the face of the campaign in Ireland.

Ms Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian-origin dentist, had sought a pregnancy termination when told she was miscarrying.

But at the time, the request was turned down due to Ireland’s then strict anti-abortion laws.

She died of blood poisoning days after miscarrying in October 2012.

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