Savita: Will the media apologise?

Dear Editor, As well as seeking accountability and changes from the HSE are we going to see some accountability from the secular media in Ireland, who rushed to judgment in the aftermath of Savita Halappanavar’s death and propagated the line that Mrs Halappanavar died because she “was denied an abortion”? We now know, thanks to the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report and other reports before it, that it was not Ireland’s abortion law which caused Mrs Halappanavar’s death; rather it was the abysmal monitoring of the patient, whilst in a public-sector hospital, and the failure to diagnose sepsis in time which resulted in the death of Savita Halappanavar. 

I would like to see an apology from the Irish Times, and the others who followed the Times’ line after succumbing to groupthink, for sending an erroneous narrative around the world that Ireland’s law on abortion was responsible for Mrs Halappanavar’s death.

Yours etc.,

John B. Reid,


Co. Dublin.