Before I go any further, I would like to clarify that I am not taking sides in the “pro-life” vs “pro-choice” debate. However the laws which were in place in Ireland before this event did violate the most basic human right, “The right to life”. Many of my peers may point out that the fetus also had the same rights. I agree, however in this case the mother suffered a miscarriage yet no steps were taken to save her life. There are six countries in the world (Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Holy See/Vatican and Malta) which do not allow abortion under any circumstances. I understand if a country takes a "pro-life" stand, however no country should have the right to sacrifice a mother's right to life on the altar of these laws. Even if a country is "pro-life", they should enact bare minimum laws to protect the mother. I hope the aforementioned countries change their policy to allow abortions under the circumstances when mother’s life is in danger so that no other woman suffers the horrible fate that Savita Halappanavar suffered and a woman’s basic human rights are not violated.