Galway City Council: Change St. Francis Street to Savita Halappanavar Street
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The death of Savita Halappanavar shook the Irish people and particularly the city of Galway which she loved. As a community we must remember this life which was untimely ended by our nation's, now undone, laws restricting women's healthcare.
We, the people of Galway, must remember and honour Savita with a prestigious place in our city centre, alongside the iconic names of Eglinton Street, Shop Street and Quay Street, so that her legacy will forever burn alongside that of our city.
To cherish this legacy we propose that Galway City Council change the name of St. Francis Street, the road following Eglinton Street, to Savita Halappanavar Street. The popular will of Galway people is reflected in this petition, from whom all power to the Council is given.
Savita Halappanavar was a 31 year old woman who died in University Hospital Galway due to complications during pregnancy. Her request for an abortion was rejected due to the laws of Ireland which made abortion illegal, following legislation from 1861 and a Constitutional Amendment in 1983. Her death exposed the harsh reality of the draconian restrictions on women's healthcare in Ireland, and was a rallying point for all in favour of a Woman's Right to Choose. The result of the referendum on the Thirty-Sixth Amendment to the Constitution Bill on May 25th 2018 was celebrated by Savita's family and by those who saw her death as a terrible tragedy brought upon by unequal treatment in the eyes of the law. Now, we the people of Galway, wish to remember her loss, and to maintain her legacy so that we may be reminded of the fatal potential of inequality.
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