The Newshour Debate: Denied the right to live (Part 1 of 3)


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A 31-year-old Indian woman died in Ireland from blood poisoning after doctors allegedly refusedto perform an abortion stating "this is a Catholic country". Irish authorities have launched a probe into the death of Savita Halappanavar, a dentist, who was 17 weeks pregnant and suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia at University Hospital Galway last month, The Irish Times reported. Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar, an engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, said that she asked several times over a three-day period that the pregnancy be terminated. Praveen said having been told she was miscarrying, and after one day in severe pain, Savita asked for a medical termination. In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Petra Conroy, Project Coordinator & Spokeswoman, Catholic Comment; Fr Dominic Emmanuel, Spokesperson, Delhi Arch Diocese; Aryama Sundaram, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court; Ide Nic Mhathuna, Spokeswoman, Youth Defence; Suranya Aiyar, Human Rights Lawyer and Rahul Easwar, Social Activist, debates the issue.