On NRI woman's death anniversary Irish activists defy abortion ban

On the death anniversary of Savita Halappanavar, who was denied an abortion twice and died from septicaemia and a rare strain of E coli, after she was refused a termination and miscarried, a historic march was held with pro-choice abortion activists and an Irish politician popping abortion pills in Dublin in defiance of the republic's ban. MP Rugh Coppinger and 30 other pro-choice activists bought tablets form a clinic in Belfast and took them to Dublin to defy the continued ban on most terminations in the Republic which still bans abortion pills. Activists say the action takes place two years after the death of Savita and months after the effective torture of another pregnant woman, a migrant rape victim, who could have been given the pills.