Last week you spoke up for the families of unborn children with profound disability, and prompted a right to reply from Newstalk. Now we're asking you to do the same for bereaved parents whose children lost their lives to a profound disability, and who have been deeply distressed by the callous and erroneous claims made on RTE's Morning Ireland last Friday, 10th October 2014.
Please read the powerful letter below sent by Tracy Harkin of Every Life Counts to RTE today, and then make your complaint. You can also listen to the interview here.
What Simon Mills claimed was not only callous and cruel, it was also untrue.
RTÉ should give a right to reply immediately. As a tax-payer funded, public broadcaster service provider, demand that they do.
Mr. Jim Jennings, Managing Director of RTÉ Radio : email@example.com
Mr. Noel Curran, Director General of RTÉ : firstname.lastname@example.org
Shane McElhatton, Morning Ireland Editor : email@example.com
Morning Ireland : firstname.lastname@example.org
RTÉ Complaints : email@example.com
Noel Curran, Director General, RTÉ
Dear Mr. Curran,
I have had calls from parents this morning who were very upset at an interview with Simon Mills broadcast by Morning Ireland today.
I listened back to the programme just now and I can see why they were so distressed.
Mr Mills stated that unborn children with 'lethal malformations' included "a foetus that is simply not capable of being born alive or a foetus that will die very shortly after birth, possibly in significant pain, possibly with very significant disabilities."
He added that in the case of anencephaly the foetus would be unable to appreciate that it is alive.
This is absolutely reprehensible. Mr Mills made a subtle but clear accusation against parents who did not abort: he claimed they caused their baby significant pain. Furthermore he states that their children, because of their profound disability, are not really alive.
It is simply disgusting that Mr Mills make statements that are untrue and cause so much upset and real distress to parents who gave their children nothing but love and compassion and the gift of time.
It is unacceptable that RTE did not challenge this position or bring a medical expert onto the programme to correct these errors.
You will forgive me being so direct but it is absolutely unacceptable that this man's cold-hearted and erroneous dismissal of our children was allowed to be broadcast as fact.
The story of these US parents who gave their baby so much love before and after birth has made global headlines.
Yet RTE have, yet again, caused distress and upset to parents this morning.
Tracy Harkin is mother to Kathleen Rose, a child born with Trisomy 13, often described as "incompatible with life". She will soon celebrate her 8th birthday.
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