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Nov 15, 2012 at 06:54pm IST

Indian woman's death: Irish authorities order probe

New Delhi: The debate over legalising abortions in Ireland has revived after the death of 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar, who died of complications after she was denied a potentially life-saving abortion.

Seventeen weeks pregnant, Savita was admitted to the hospital after she complained of severe back pain. Her husband says doctors diagnosed the miscarriage within hours. Despite his appeals to conduct an abortion, they refused.

Though the Irish Department has ordered a probe, there have been calls for the Indian government to take action. The Indian government is adopting a wait and watch policy.

With the hospital in Galway confirming that the victim died after being denied an emergency abortion perhaps it's time for Ireland to rethink its anti-abortion laws.

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