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Emma Watson Pens Powerful Letter To Woman Who Died After Being Denied An Abortion In Ireland

By Dana Levinson

Dr. Savita Halappanavar, a dentist, died on October 28, 2012, at University Hospital in Galway Ireland. She passed away from a septic miscarriage after she had previously been denied an abortion. Her death became a catalyst for the country's historic abortion referendum, which passed by popular vote this past May and asks the government to legalize the procedure across the majority Catholic nation. The legislature, however, still needs to draft and pass the laws.

Actress Emma Watson penned a posthumous open letter to Dr. Halappanavar for Porter Magazine, lending her voice to growing chorus of support for legislative action.

The full text reads:

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. Time and again, when our local and global communities collectively mourn a tragic death due to social injustice, we pay tribute, mobilize and proclaim: rest in power. A promise to the departed and a rallying call to society, we chant: never again. But it is rare that justice truly prevails for those whose deaths come to symbolize structural inequality. Rarer still is a historic feminist victory that emboldens the fight for reproductive justice everywhere.