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NEW DELHI — The parents of an Indian woman who had a miscarriage and died after being refused an abortion in an Irish hospital criticized Ireland’s abortion laws Thursday.

Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she miscarried and died last month.

Ireland’s government confirmed Wednesday that Mrs. Halappanavar had blood poisoning and died after being denied an abortion, reigniting the debate over legalizing abortion in the predominantly Catholic country.

“In an attempt to save a 4-month-old fetus they killed my 30-year-old daughter. How is that fair you tell me?” A. Mahadevi, who is Mrs. Halappanavar’s mother, told several Indian television stations.

“How many more cases will there be? The rules should be changed as per the requirement of Hindus. We are Hindus, not Christians,” she said.

Mrs. Halappanavar’s father, Andanappa Yalagi, said the combination of medical negligence and Irish abortion laws led to his daughter’s death.

The spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Syed Akbaruddin, said in a Twitter post that the Indian Embassy in Dublin is “following the matter.”

Mrs. Halappanavar’s widower, Praveen, said doctors at University Hospital Galway in western Ireland determined that his wife was miscarrying within hours of her hospitalization for severe pain on Oct. 21.

He said over the next three days, doctors refused their requests for an abortion to relieve her pain and failing health.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports