The Pro Life Campaign today criticised independent TD Clare Daly over her plan to introduce a Bill in the Dáil to make abortion available in situations where the unborn baby has a terminal illness.
The PLC said it is deeply hurtful to families whose babies live or lived with a terminal illness to describe these children as ‘non-viable’ or ‘incompatible with life’.
PLC spokesperson Caroline Simons said: “Clare Daly’s latest abortion proposal exposes the hopeless quality of debate in the Dáil on this matter. The focus of debate has been to suggest abortion rather than to provide adequate peri-natal hospice care facilities to give help and hope to families who receive a difficult pre-natal diagnosis.
“Many families who have received a poor pre-natal diagnosis have experienced much more precious time with their child than originally expected, or found that their child’s illness was not as serious as originally thought or in some cases there was nothing wrong at all.
“The discussion in the Dáil and much of the media on this issue has become completely one-sided. It is time for a more open and honest debate. The new proposal from Clare Daly is lamentable, and fails absolutely to examine possible alternatives.
“Notwithstanding suggestions to the contrary, our abortion legislation, which has no time limits and no medical basis, cannot be described as restrictive.”
Click below to watch a short video which outlines what peri-natal hospice care involves
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