Savita Halappanavar’s death was not a tragedy. To call her death a tragedy suggests it was the outcome of noble intentions gone awry. It suggests it was somehow inevitable. Most importantly, it lets the people responsible off the hook. At the very minimum, she was tortured and killed as a result of conscious and repeated decisions, taken collectively by members of this country’s legislature, who, out of a commitment to maintaining an order in which women’s bodies belong to the State, refused to legislate for the X case.