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Together For Yes have shared their support to name the new abortion legislation after Savita Halappanavar following her family’s request.

They believe that it would be the perfect way to honour Savita, who died of complications of a septic miscarriage. Savita was denied a termination, despite her request, and was told by a midwife manager at Galway University Hospital that she could not have an abortion because Ireland was a “Catholic country.”

Grainne Griffin, who is the co-director of the Together For Yes group, said: “In terms of Savita and her family I think our country owes them a great debt and we were so honoured and so touched by the support that they lent to the campaign over the course of it."

She added, “I was really glad to see her father say that yesterday they felt they had justice for their daughter."

Following the results of the abortion referendum, which seen the Yes side win by a landslide 66.4 percent, Savita’s parents issued a statement thanking the country.

Her father, Andanappa Yalagi stated that he has "no words to express his gratitude to the people of Ireland."

“I want to thank you so much. I want to say ‘Thank you’ to our brothers and sisters in Ireland for voting Yes. It is very important. There has been really a lot, too much struggle for the Irish ladies,” he added.

“We are really, really happy. We have one last request, that the new law, that it is called ‘Savita’s law’. It should be named for her,” he expressed.

It is understood that Simon Harris is hopeful that the new legislation will be in place by the end of the year.

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The parents of the late Savita Halappanavar have thanked the people of Ireland after yesterday's historic result, which saw 66.4% vote in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment. 

Speaking at their family home in south west India, her father, Ananappa Yalagi, said he has "no words to express his gratitude to the people of Ireland."

Savita died of sepsis in a hospital in Galway in 2012, after she was denied an abortion because Ireland was a "Catholic country."

Mr Yalagi acknowledged the struggle that has faced Irish women and suggested that the new law is named after his daughter.

“I want to thank you so much. I want to say ‘Thank you’ to our brothers and sisters in Ireland for voting Yes. It is very important. There has been really a lot, too much struggle for the Irish ladies,” he said. 

“We are really, really happy. We have one last request, that the new law, that it is called ‘Savita’s law’. It should be named for her.”

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In 2012, Savita Halappanavar died at University Hospital Galway after developing septicaemia from a prolonged miscarriage. 

Savita's tragic case has been held as an example of what the 8th Amendment can lead to. 

Preceding next week's referendum to repeal the 8th amendment, Savita's father has encouraged voters to choose a yes vote in the ballot box. 

 

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Andanappa Yalagi told The Irish Times that he feels that Savita died due to being denied an abortion. 

'I will watch this vote.'

'I hope the people of Ireland will vote yes for abortion, for the ladies of Ireland and the people of Ireland.'

 

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'My daughter, she lost her life because of this abortion law, because of the diagnosis, and she could not have an abortion. She died.'

Savita was 31 years old and 17 weeks pregnant when she passed away. 

She requested an abortion, but was denied one as doctors could still detect a foetal heartbeat. 

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This Saturday, October 28, marks the fifth anniversary of Savita Halappanavar's death – an event which serves as a tragic reminder of the “watertight medical rationale” for legalising abortion in Ireland.

The Coalition to Repeal the Eight Amendment is organising a vigil at 4pm on Saturday outside the GPO on O'Connell Street, Dublin 1.

Announcing details of the vigil today, Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition, said: “The medical rationale for abortion is watertight. In cases like Savita’s, abortion saves lives.”

“As we’re marking the fifth anniversary of Savita’s very sad death, an Oireachtas Committee is considering what should be done about the Eighth Amendment.  The Committee has heard from leading experts on maternity healthcare in recent weeks.  Their opinion was unequivocal: if it weren’t for the Eighth Amendment, Savita Halappanavar would be alive today.”

“For once in Ireland, we need to take on board the lessons from our past.  We need to ensure that no more women die in the sort of tragic circumstances experienced by Savita Halappanavar.”

For those who do not live in Dublin, but would like to attend, there are over 20 additional vigils taking place across the country.

All vigils will be silent and those in attendance are invited to bring flowers and candles if they wish.

For more information, click here.

The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment is an alliance of over 100 organisations including human rights, feminist and pro-choice organisations, trade unions, health organisations, NGOs, community organisations and many others.

Its members agree that the Eight Amendment must be repealed in order to the lives of women in Ireland.

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According to emerging reports, Dublin City Councillors, who were in agreement that the memory of Savita Halappanavar should be honoured by naming a street in the capital after her, had their motion struck out by the Lord Mayor last night.

Savita Halappanavar, whose story sent shockwaves throughout Ireland five years ago, died after being denied a termination at a Galway hospital in October 2012.

The 31-year-old dentist requested a termination after falling critically ill four months into her pregnancy, but was told it was not possible due to the presence of a foetal heartbeat.

Despite all councillors voting in favour of Tina MacVeigh's motion to honour Savita with a street name, councillors don't actually have the authority to name city streets.

MacVeigh of People Before Profit explained her reasoning for the motion, saying: "Behinds Savita's name are the tens of thousands of other women in Ireland who have experienced difficulties and have been victims of our draconian laws which govern our reproductive care and rights in the health system."

“Savita’s life had dignity and meaning, her death had neither,” she continued. “Naming a street in her memory would be a gesture not only to honour her life but would also make a strong statement about the legacy of how women in Ireland have been treated."

All is not lost, however, as Lord Mayor Brendan Carr, who said he supports the motion, has stressed that it's up to the residents of a street to put forward a request to name it after the late 31-year-old, explaining: “That’s the process of it.”

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