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Inquest opens into death of woman who was refused an abortion

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 08 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2208
  1. Muiris Houston
  1. 1Galway

The first of two reports on the death of pregnant dentist Savita Halappanavar in Ireland in 2012 has found that there was an overemphasis by hospital staff on the welfare of Ms Halappanavar’s unviable fetus and an underemphasis on her deteriorating health.

The inquest into Ms Halappanavar’s death opens in Galway on 8 April and is scheduled to run for at least one week.

The final draft report says: “The investigating team considers there was an apparent overemphasis on the need not to intervene until the fetal heart stopped, together with an underemphasis …

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