Savita Halappanavar death: Now, the Irish say women entitled to 'second opinion'

Savita Halappanavar death

She became unintentionally pregnant in 2005 but was unable to find a doctor willing to determine whether her life would be at risk if she continued to term, so she travelled to England for an abortion.

The council is supervising the execution of this judgment by Ireland, which has filed two earlier action plans on the progress made.

The Government said it recognises legislation requires it to take due account of the principles of European Court of Human Rights judgments.

"While the Government accepts and understands that the scenarios described above were not deemed to meet the requirements of the convention, they are available to women in the same situation as Ms C pending full implementation of the judgment," it said.

The plan commits the Government to discuss the report of the expert group on abortion in the Dáil (Parliament) this month.

It says the Government will make a decision by December 20, the end of the Dáil session, on the option to be pursued to implement the judgment.

A further action plan will be filed by February 8 next year.

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