Emma Watson shares open letter to Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar who died in Ireland after being denied abortion
Hollywood actor and activist Emma Watson, in a social media post, has written an open letter to Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar, who passed away in 2012 after being denied abortion in Ireland.
Savita, a 31-year-old dentist, died at University Hospital Galway in Ireland, following a septic miscarriage after she was denied an abortion. Reportedly, the Eighth Amendment in Ireland's constitution prohibited the abortion. But now, the amendment stands repealed following a referendum over it in May.
Emma, who is also the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador said that her "death powered the determination of activists to change Irish abortion laws and fight for reproductive justice all over the world."
"You didn't want to become the face of a movement, you wanted a procedure that would have saved your life. When news of your death broke in 2012, the urgent call to action from Irish activists reverberated around the world - repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution," Emma wrote.
"A note on your memorial in Dublin read, 'Because you slept, many of us woke'. That the eighth amendment enabled valuing the life of an unborn fetus over a living woman was a wake-up call to a nation.in your memory, and towards our liberation, we continue the fight for reproductive justice," she added.
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It was a great honour to be asked by @PORTERmagazine to pay the deepest respect to the legacy of Dr Savita Halappanavar, whose death powered the determination of activists to change Irish abortion laws & fight for reproductive justice all over the world. https://t.co/KZWRpp7btO pic.twitter.com/yLDXgcHKyh— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) September 29, 2018