The Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont has voted against the imposition of abortion regulations by Westminster that allow for babies with disabilities to be aborted until birth. The vote was warmly welcomed by disability campaigners and pro-life groups.
Michael O'Dowd, the Renua candidate for the European elections has launched a new billboard as part of his campaign which seeks to ensure that babies with Down Syndrome are not eliminated by aggressive pre-natal screening programs.
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.