Savita Halappanavar death - abortion 'clarity needed'


The Republic of Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore has said there is a need to bring "legal clarity" to the issue of abortion.

It comes in the wake of the death of Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old woman in Galway who died after a miscarriage.

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

Her husband told the BBC the termination was refused because there was a foetal heartbeat.

Her death has led to a series of protests against Ireland's abortion laws.

Jennifer O'Leary has this report for BBC Newsline.

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