Campaigners for women’s rights staged demonstrations in Dublin and all over the world in protest at the death of Savita Halappanavar.
Savita, living and working in Ireland, had asked for an abortion 17 weeks into her pregnancy.
Her request, based on the knowledge that she had miscarried, was refused by doctors because they said they could hear a foetal heartbeat.
Savita fell ill as the pregnancy continued and later died of septicaemia.
Abortion is strictly illegal in Ireland.
However, in 1992 the courts ruled that women could have an abortion where there was substantial risk to their life.
Since then there have been numerous delays and obstacles to passing legislation which reflects that ruling. Savita is not the first woman to die.
We must rally in support of women in Ireland and everywhere where church and state conspire in bigotry to stop women from having the right to choose.