Emma Watson won’t let Dr. Savita Halappanavar be forgotten.
Halappanavar died after suffering a septic miscarriage in 2012. She had asked for an abortion early on but was denied after doctors deemed she was not at risk of dying.
Her passing rallied many Irish people and activists around the world, eventually leading to the passing of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013.
“You didn’t want to become the face of a movement, you wanted a procedure that would have saved your life,” Watson wrote in an open letter for Net-a-Porter. “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,” the “Beauty and the Beast” actress continued. “In your memory, and towards our liberation, we continue the fight for reproductive justice.”
Watson, 28, shared a passage from the written piece on Twitter. “It was a great honour to be asked by @PORTERmagazine to pay the deepest respect to the legacy of Dr. Savita Halappanavar,” the women’s rights activist tweeted Saturday.
The “Harry Potter” star has not appeared in movies since 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Circle”.
She is currently signed onto the star-studded film “Little Women” opposite Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep and Bob Odenkirk, currently in pre-production.