Emma Watson pens powerful open letter as homage to dentist who died from miscarriage after she was denied abortion in Ireland
Emma Watson shared a very emotional and powerful open letter tribute to Dr. Savita Halappanavar who passed away from a miscarriage when she was denied an abortion
Emma Watson has penned a very powerful open letter as a tribute to a woman who passed away due to a miscarriage in Ireland after she was denied an abortion. The 28-year-old British actress shared a tribute to Dr. Savita Halappanavar whose death in 2012 called for abortion to be legalized in the country.
According to Porter magazine, Emma described how the dentist's friends and family had been "gracious and galvanizing" in sharing her memory in the days leading to the Eighth Amendment repeal which took place in May. Emma spoke about how a video of Savita dancing in a St Patrick's Day Parade had "moved her to tears". "In your memory, and towards our liberation, we continue the fight for reproductive justice," Emma wrote in the letter.
Emma took to Instagram to share, "[I]t was a great honor to be asked by @portermagazine to pay the deepest respect to the legacy of Dr. Savita Halappanavar, whose death powered the determination of activists to change Irish abortion laws & fight for reproductive justice all over the world. The planned new legislation has already been dubbed 'Savita’s law' by campaigners out of respect for a woman who didn’t want to become the face of a movement, but simply wanted a procedure to save her life."
Emma concluded her post by thanking those who "continue the fight for reproductive justice". "A note on [Savita's] memorial in Dublin read, 'Because you slept, many of us woke'. "Yet from Argentina to Poland, restrictive abortion laws still punish and endanger girls, women and pregnant people. Free, safe, legal and local abortion care is needed across the globe," she continued.
"In Savita’s memory, and on today’s 7th Annual March for Choice in Dublin, I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those who continue the fight for reproductive justice. ✊�� #mybodymychoice #freesafelegal#ARCMarch18," she added.
Watson has been known for her bold and strong feminist views and was calling for gender equality in a speech at the UN in 2016. Post the Harvey Weinstein scandal, she donated around £1million to the Justice and Equality Fund which is a new fund for victims of sexual harassment. She took to Twitter to say, "I stand with all the women who have been sexually harassed, and am awestruck by their bravery. This mistreatment of women has to stop."