Woman dead after refused abortion in Ireland

Savita Halappanavar, a dentist aged 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when she died after suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia.

Husband Praveen Halappanavar, 34, said his wife had complained of being in agonising pain while in Galway University Hospital.

He said doctors refused to carry out a medical termination because the fetus's heartbeat was present.

Mr Halappanavar has claimed that following several requests by his late wife for a termination, they were told: "This is a Catholic country."

The woman's death is expected to spark a backlash against the Irish government for failing to reform health laws to allow abortion if the life of the mother is in danger.

Mrs Halappanavar, understood to be from India but who had been living in Ireland, died after developing septicaemia on 28 October.

A protest was planned to be staged outside the front of the Irish parliament on Wednesday night.

Left-wing members of