Published Saturday, 17 November 2012
Protestors outside Leinster House in Dublin earlier this week. (© PA)
Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist originally from India, was 17 weeks pregnant when she died at Galway University Hospital last month after suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia.
Her husband Praveen has claimed his wife pleaded with doctors to perform a medical termination, but they denied her requests because there was a heartbeat present. She died on Sunday, 28 October.
Pro-choice marches and candlelight vigils took place in Dublin, Galway and London on Saturday afternoon.
Two inquiries into the death are under way - one by the Galway-Roscommon University Hospitals Group, due to report in three months, and a second Health Service Executive (HSE) investigation involving an independent expert in obstetrics and gynaecology from Northern Ireland.
A report by the coroner will also be handed over to government.