An excellent letter featured in the Irish Examiner recently that highlighted the concern over the removal of safeguards within Ireland’s abortion legislation which would make it easier to abort a baby who has been diagnosed with a life limiting condition in the womb.
Information released under a parliamentary question has revealed that the State is being sued in two more cases regarding abortion after a misdiagnosis, as happened in the Baby Christopher case in the National Maternity Hospital in 2019 which shocked the country.
Conor O’Dowd, a young man with Down syndrome, has delivered a letter to the Rotunda maternity hospital urging them to ‘save babies’ after the master, Dr Fergal Malone, said 95% of babies with the condition were now aborted – almost double the 50% aborted figure he previously gave in 2018.
Parents of children with Down syndrome have said that the Rotunda needs to examine the message it is giving parents after the master of the maternity hospital, Dr Fergal Malone, said that 95% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the hospital were aborted.
“Where will Anne Rabbitte, as Minister for Disabilties, draw the line on disability abortion? How far is Ireland now from the situation in other countries where 90% or more of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted?
The Life Institute has called for a review of how a diagnosis of a disability for an unborn child is shared with parents, after shocking new figures show that the number of abortions for babies with Down Syndrome has tripled for women travelling from Ireland since 2018.
A bill that would seek to amend the current abortion law in Northern Ireland that allows for abortions in the case of when the child is diagnosed with a disability in the womb, has passed Committee Stage at the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Back in 2019, Westminster imposed abortion on Northern Ireland with the contrivance of Sinn Féín and the SDLP. Despite the easing of abortion restrictions, abortion access has still been limited in the North. In March this year, Sectary of State, Brandon Lewis, passed the 2021 Abortion Regulations, which will give him the power to force all health bodies in Northern Ireland to provide full abortion services.
"This law makes me feel I am better off dead, I know I’m not, but that’s how it makes me feel," Heidi Crowter told a large group of people with Down’s syndrome and their families outside British High Court yesterday.
In light of Northern Ireland seeking to ban abortions on grounds of a non-fatal disability, including Down's syndrome, Sara McNeill wrote a heart-warming song in celebration of her son's, Tom, first birthday. Tom was diagnosed with Down's syndrome when he was born.