The News-Sentinal has a remarkable, uplifting story of a young girl living with Trisomy 18, and her mother’s inspirational efforts which give additional meaning to the old phrase that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’.
Charlie Fien, who has Down Syndrome, received a rapturous welcome at the Rally for Life. Charlie has dedicated her life to being a voice for the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities and the right to life of the unborn.
Abortion campaigners, including the Minister for Health, Simon Harris are looking to Dr Peter Boylan who has claimed that it is wrong to talk about Down Syndrome in the context of the abortion debate. But do his assertions stand up to scrutiny?
Save the 8th, the campaign against the repeal of the 8th amendment, has welcomed a finding by TheJournal.ie that its billboard campaign highlighting the impact of abortion on unborn children with Downs Syndrome is “correct.”
Bríd Smith TD has been criticised for tweeting “appalling” remarks about a mother who had given an moving testimony telling the Abortion Committee about her son who was diagnosed with a severe disability. In what has been an incredibly unbalanced “debate” so far, the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment heard testimony from Liz McDermott, who shared a personal and often heart-breaking story about the lack of care she has received when she discovered her preborn son’s limbs would not develop. After the Committee hearing, Bríd Smith TD, sent this appalling tweet.
Anne Trainer, whose adorable little boy, Kevin, has Down Syndrome has written a powerful and important article on the Journal.ie today. Entitled 'Abortion is leading us to a 'Down's Syndrome-free' world. I can barely type the words', this courageous mother explains that "the Eighth Amendment protected my son, and he was deserving of that protection".
The Citizens Assembly also hosted a robust debate between Dr Helen Watt, who advocated for the right to life of unborn children and mothers, and Professor Bobbie Farsides who is pro-abortion and a member of BPAS, the abortion provider.
Dr Peter McParland, from the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, gave evidence at the Citizen’s Assembly on January 7th, and made some interesting and revealing points. Unusually, he described a D&C (dilation and curettage) abortion, explaining that it was a surgical procedure and that “the baby would not be removed intact”. He referred to the photographs of aborted babies being shown by members of the Irish Centre for Bio-ethical Reform and said that “on the way in here today you will have seen pictures of what a baby would look like with such a procedure.”