Emma Watson has penned down an open letter to Savita Halppanavar who died in 2012 after denied for abortion in Ireland. She was 31 years old and worked as a dentist. When she was 17 weeks pregnant, she was admitted years University Hospital Galway.
She died on 28th October 2012 due to some complications in pregnancy. At that time the eighth amendment in Ireland’s constitution prohibited the abortion. From then the activists urged to repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution.
“Because you slept, Many of us woke,” writes Emma Watson to deceased Savita Halappanavar
She wrote a heart touching letter as a tribute to Savita Halappanavar. The letter is printed in Porter Magazine.
Emma Watson wrote:
Dear Dr Savita Halappanavar,
You didn’t want to become the face of a movement, you wanted a procedure that would have saved your life. When news of your death broke in 2012, the urgent call to action from Irish activists reverberated around the world – repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution.
Watson is UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She further wrote
I watch the video of you dancing in Galway’s 2011 St Patrick’s Day parade and am moved to tears by your thousand-watt smile and palpable enthusiasm. Sharing their mourning and hope with the world, your family publicly supported the Together for Yes campaign. Celebrating repeal, your father expressed his “gratitude to the people of Ireland”. In reciprocity, I heard Ireland’s ‘repealers’ say that they owe your family a great debt.
When news of your death broke in 2012, the urgent call to action from Irish activists reverberated around the world – repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution.”
“A note on your memorial in Dublin read, ‘Because you slept, many of us woke’. That the eighth amendment enabled valuing the life of an unborn fetus over a living woman was a wake-up call to a nation…in your memory, and towards our liberation, we continue the fight for reproductive justice.