Home Health Parents News Now Mother's Death Prompts Abortion Debate in Ireland Mother's Death Prompts Abortion Debate in Ireland By Holly Lebowitz Rossi November 15, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_47863825 30024 "Doctors at Galway University Hospital said that as long as the fetal heartbeat could be felt, the law prevented them from ending the pregnancy, Holland said. Halappanavar died of septicemia, or a blood infection, after three days in the hospital. "Tuesday morning, came back and said, 'Sorry, can't help you. It's a Catholic country. Can't help you. It's a Catholic team.' So, Savita said that she was not a Catholic. She is Hindu, so why impose the law of the land on her?" her husband said. The death led to protests, and top Irish lawmakers are asking whether the law needs to be changed. In Ireland, abortion is legal if the mother's life is at risk, which is different from her health being at risk, Holland said. The hospital expressed sympathy to Halappanavar's husband, but noted in a statement that "the facts of this tragic case have yet to be established." Image: Empty hospital bed, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Mother's Death Prompts Abortion Debate in Ireland Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.