- 03 Nov 17
As the Repeal the 8th campaign gathers momentum ahead of next year’s promised referendum, writer, scientist and activist Naomi Elster explains why the movement strives to be all-inclusive – and highlights the duplicity of anti-choice senators Ronan Mullen and Mattie McGrath.
Five years on from the tragic and unnecessary death of Savita Halappanavar, the laws that prevented the abortion which could have saved her life still stand.
Every year, national vigils take place, most notably in Galway, where Savita lived and died. According to their press release, Galway Pro-Choice are this year “holding a candlelit vigil to mark the passing of a brave, intelligent and beautiful woman, whose life was an inspiration and whose death humbled the nation.”
Special care is taken every year to ensure that vigils don’t become protests; events are coordinated with Savita’s remaining family and friends in Galway, and care is taken to respect their wishes. Galway Pro-Choice “hope that the family and friends of Savita find solace in the communal support of the Irish people, and the knowledge that we as a nation are doing everything in our power to ensure that a tragedy like this never happens again.”