Enda Kenny, Prime Minister of Ireland: Preserve & Protect the Women's Right to Choose--No Religion in Healthcare
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Health Minister of Ireland
James Reilly
Prime Minister of Ireland
Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny, Prime Minister of Ireland: Preserve & Protect the Women's Right to Choose--No Religion in Healthcare

    1. Ravi Ravi
    2. Petition by

      Ravi Ravi

      San Francisco, CA

The government of Ireland has failed to preserve and protect the women's basic right to choose in healthcare. Currently, the Ireland's constitution bans abortion, denying this procedure even to those in life-threatening situation, including women who have conceived as a result of rape/assault.

Recently, a 31-year-old, Indian woman, Dr. Savita Halappanavar, who was 17-weeks pregnant presented to an Irish Hospital in the midst of a miscarriage but was denied abortion and died shortly thereafter from blood poisoning. Could this senseless loss of life have been avoided? The answer is simple - YES! Savita's life could have been saved had the doctors who have taken the Hippocratic Oath to help and save lives done what was medically necessary to save her. While this is not an attack on religion, I strongly believe that religion should not dictate what a healthcare provider can do or cannot do. In 1992, the Country’s own Supreme Court ruling recommended that the procedure be legalized in situations where the woman’s life is at risk, but the government of Ireland has failed to either institute the Supreme Court’s recommendation and/or have refused to pass a law allowing women’s right to choose.

Savita's horrifying death could and should have been prevented. The Savita's of tomorrow shouldn't have to face similar deaths in the future, especially one that is preventable. As a son, brother, friend, and a health care provider, I would be remiss if I didn't take a stance to advocate and support the fundamental right of women to choose their healthcare needs and make decisions about their bodies. Therefore, we respectfully ask the governement and health ministry of Ireland to set aside their antiquated laws and views, and work to preserve and protect the basic women's right to choose.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. HSE announces details of Savita Halappanavar investigation

      Ravi Ravi
      Petition Organizer
      HSE expected to finalise plans for inquiry into death of Savita Halappanavar today - RTÉ News

      The inquiry will be asked to report within around three months. The death of Mrs Halappanavar at University College Hospital Galway on 28 October has been the subject of national and international attention. The inquiry panel of around six people will have an outside expert in obstetrics and gynaecology, possibly as its chairperson.

    3. Reached 25 signatures
    4. Thousands march for abortion rights in Ireland (AP, 11/17/12)

      Ravi Ravi
      Petition Organizer
      Thousands march for abortion rights in Ireland

      DUBLIN (AP) - About 10,000 people have marched through Dublin and observed a minute's silence in memory of the Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion. Saturday's protest stopped outside the office of Prime Minister Enda Kenny, where many lit candles and held pictures of Savita Halappanavar.

    5. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      Full democracy requires the full participation of women. Your voices are vital. The word 'vital' means necessary for life. A democracy, to be fully alive, must include all its citizens."

      -- Swanee Hunt

    • Cherrlynn Hubbard OAKLAND, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It's important for ecery woamn to have the ability to decide what's best for her. It's disturbing to think of someone dying because they were denied the right to choose.

    • brian williamson GREENVILLE, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The indication was that religious faith played the part of denying medical treatment to this woman. The Doctors unworthy of their trade used religion as an escape clause and killed their patient threw neglect.

      Fellow USA signors Personhood USA is fighting for similar escape clauses here, if this case is angering lets stop it here as well.

    • Gurinder Kullar DALY CITY, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe in the cause

    • Erik Martinez SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      healthcare and the right to agency and chose is a human right!


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