The Irish Government Must Not Permit Discriminatory and Unconstitutional Bill to Allow Abortion of Babies with Life-Limiting Conditions
On the 30th June the Dáil will vote on a Bill that would allow for the termination of pregnancies in cases of fatal foetal abnormality. This move by the pro-abortion lobby forms part of the sustained attack on the 8th Amendment which protects the equal right to life of people inside and outside of the womb.
The right to life is frequently undermined in this way – those who want to deny the right to life to a certain group of society start with a group which is already marginalised and vulnerable: in this case, the disabled and terminally ill. So they introduce legislation which would allow abortion only in limited cases i.e. when the baby has been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.
How should fatal foetal abnormality be defined? If a child is born with Edwards syndrome, for example, he or she will usually die within the first week or so of life, many dying just hours after birth. But there are rare cases where a child lives beyond his or her first year. Should such children be denied the right to life simply because their life is short?
Many women who do give birth to a child who will die shortly after birth recognise the inherent value of their baby’s life, no matter how short.
The abortion lobby will not stop here. Recently a Bill to repeal the eighth amendment was launched in Dublin by the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit group and will be debated by the Dáil this autumn. Abortion on the grounds of (fatal) disability is only the beginning.
Of course, many of those who are pushing for a change in Irish legislation do so from a real care and concern for women in crisis pregnancy. But promoting abortion as a solution to crisis pregnancy is a mistake. Ireland must continue to uphold the right to life for all its citizens and focus on providing support for women in crisis pregnancy so that they can keep the pregnancy, but remove the crisis.
Sign this petition to Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris, asking him
1. To ensure that the Bill allowing for abortion in the case of fatal-foetal abnormality does not pass, as it is deeply opposed to the right to life of these children as enshrined in the 8th Amendment;
2. To meet with parents whose children were diagnosed as having a life-limiting condition whilst in the womb;
3. And to do all within his power to ensure that the right to life is upheld for all Irish citizens, born or unborn, disabled or not.