Probe As Irish Resident Dies After UK Abortion

Police in Britain are investigating the case of an Irish resident who travelled from Dublin to London for an abortion last year, but died in a taxi hours after the procedure.The woman’s husband told The Irish Times that his wife, who had a child two years previous,  had sought an abortion at a maternity hospital in Dublin but had been told that it was not legally possible to provide one.

The 32-year-old, who was a foreign national living in Ireland, underwent an abortion at a Marie Stopes clinic in west London in January 2012 but died hours later.

Marie Stopes International declined to comment, citing client confidentiality.

The Metropolitan Police has said a file on the woman’s death was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service in April this year however an inquest is yet to be held.

It is understood the woman’s life was not considered to be at risk when she sought the procedure, although she had a condition that raised the risk of miscarriage.

The woman’s husband, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he is frustrated at the lack of progress in the investigation.”I think if this was an Irish or a British woman, we would know what happened to her. But I am still waiting for answers,” he said.

The woman had a child in Ireland in 2010. Her pregnancy was painful and complicated by extensive fibroids and treatment could have left her infertile.

“We were worried about what would happen when she became pregnant again,” he said.

“She was sick, but we were told that nothing could be done in Ireland.”

It is understood the woman was about 20 weeks pregnant when she travelled to Britain for an abortion.

Her husband told the Irish Times that she may have acted sooner but was examining various options and attempting to raise money for the procedure.

It is understood the woman was suddenly taken ill in the Slough area of Berkshire at about midnight on the day of the procedure while in a taxi.

She was later pronounced dead after suffering a heart attack caused by extensive internal blood loss.

Her husband remains in Ireland with their three year old daughter.

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