The death of a child is an especially grievous loss, and those who work with parents coping with such a painful bereavement often speak to the importance of memory-making both to honour and to remember a life that ended all-too soon.
A leading advocate for people with disabilities has sharply criticised a senior doctor in the Rotunda Hospital for using what he described as “offensive, outdated, and unsympathetic” language to describe babies diagnosed with Down syndrome – and says he fears parents are only hearing negative information at the time of diagnosis which might be pushing them towards abortion.
Sometimes the hard, cold reality of numbers can just stop you in your tracks. Amidst the abortion statistics released by the British Department of Health yesterday was one deeply shocking figure that related to Ireland and to the deadly discrimination now becoming as commonplace here as elsewhere.
In January of this year the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists published a document called ‘Interim clinical guidance on pathway for management of fatal fetal anomalies and/or life-limiting conditions during pregnancy: Termination of Pregnancy.’
In April 2018, the Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (FACS) Forum, appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health to discuss the risks associated with the Epilepsy and Bipolar treatment drug marked and licensed in Ireland as Epilim.