Campaign

Abortion Discriminates

At a Glance

What's this about?

The Abortion Discriminates campaign highlights the ways that legal abortion allows for legal discrimination against children with disabilities.

Legalised abortion always leads to the worst kind of discrimination against people with disabilities – who are increasingly aborted before they are born. Abortion Discriminates.

Abortion Discriminates Campaign

A billboard and social media campaign highlighting the reality that Abortion Discriminates, and emphasising that in Ireland the 8th protects the right to life of babies with a disability.

Caitríona Cronin, whose son Joseph is featured on the billboard said that the abortion numbers from Britain for children like Joseph were a tragedy. “We want Joseph to grow up in a culture that welcomes and embraces all children regardless of health or disabilities,” she says.




Speaking Out

Powerful personal testimonies are making the case for the right to life of every child, regardless of disability.

This article written by Anne Trainer, mother to Kevin who has Down Syndrome, was printed in the Journal.ie and massively shared on social media. 'Abortion is leading us to a 'Down's Syndrome-free' world. I can barely type the words' 

THIS WEEKEND, THE Citizen’s Assembly meets again to discuss the Eighth Amendment, and, along with thousands of other families, this makes me wonder what all these discussions and decisions mean for children like my son, Kevin.  My husband and I have four children, two girls and then two boys. Our first boy, Kevin, is now 9, soon to be 10, and he was born with Down’s Syndrome. I’m grateful every day that he was not diagnosed in utero. I had 9 beautiful months of pregnancy with not a care in the world, falling in love with our third child as he grew.

READ MORE OF HER ARTICLE HERE ON THE JOURNAL


Rally for Life Theme - Every Life Matters

The Rally for Life adopted the theme of Every Life Matters and huge crowds cheered families and speakers affected by disability . The biggest cheer of the day was given to Mary Bridget Kelly who has Down Syndrome and who told the crowd that "people with special needs have a right to life".


Speakers like Mary Bridget and other disability advocates were given widespread media attention from the massive pro-life march.


Other Voices

Other voices have made a big impact on the debate

  • Tracy Harkin of Every Life Counts calls for better care, not abortion in this powerful Irish Times articleCan we, for once, focus on perinatal hospice care instead of abortion?
  • Facebook pages like Stop Killing People with Disabilities are putting the voice of people with disability into the heart of the debate 
  • World Without Downs, the BBC documentary, drew a huge audience to the shocking reality that abortion discriminates and is wiping out a whole section of our society.


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At a Glance

What's this about?

The Abortion Discriminates campaign highlights the ways that legal abortion allows for legal discrimination against children with disabilities.