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This letter was sent to the Irish Examiner 26-1-18 and was refused publication

Carrigaline, Co.Cork
26-1-18

Dear Editor,

Irish author Darach O’Seaghdha says he ‘is concerned’ that literature in relation to the 8th Amendment which depicts children with Down Syndrome may ‘make children [with Downs] such as his own feel unloved and unwanted by their parents (Irish Examiner, 25-1-18).

Mr.O’Seaghdha can certainly reassure his own daughter that she is very much loved and wanted, and she probably already knows this through experience.

But the sad inescapable reality is that the 90% of children diagnosed with Downs who are aborted before birth in the UK and many other countries with similar regimes, are neither loved nor wanted by their parents. There is no other logical way to interpret this fact. One does not deliberately end the life of a child one loves and wants no matter what challenges they present.

Censoring this fact from the abortion debate simply plays into the hands of the pro-choice lobby, as over 40 years of experience has shown that once introduced, abortion comes to be used as a means of eugenics.

As a father myself, I do agree with Mr.O’Seaghdha that it can be challenging to explain to children – and especially those with any kind of intellectual disability – the more difficult or unpalatable realities of life. I just wish he had thought of that before terming his Irish language guide ‘Motherfocloir’.

Yours sincerely

Nick Folley






This letter was sent to the Irish Independent 26-1-18 and was refused publication.

Carrigaline, Co.Cork
26-1-18

Dear Editor,

Down Syndrome Ireland have called for ‘both sides of the abortion debate’ to stop ‘exploiting’ images of people with Down Syndrome in advancing their arguments (Irish Independent 26-1-18). Down Syndrome Ireland further believe that ‘each individual should make their own decision’ about which way to vote in the referendum. These statements call for comment. The pro-abortion lobby rarely refer directly to children born with Down Syndrome because abortion aims to eliminate such conditions from our society by eliminating children likely to be born with them. The statistics speak for themselves - in the UK around 90% of children diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted before birth, and figures around the world from countries with similar abortion laws follow suite. Surely this is not an outcome an advocacy group like Down Syndrome Ireland would wish to see become a reality here, too? On the contrary, the pro-life lobby aim to maintain legal protection for children diagnosed with Down Syndrome before birth, to ensure that their right to life is as respected as that of any other citizen of this country. So there are excellent reasons why conditions like Down Syndrome figure so prominently in this debate. Excluding such references would benefit the pro-abortion lobby most.

As to the second point – ‘everyone should make up their own minds’ – is a tautology. Everyone does make up their own mind one way or another at the end of the day, and it is hardly necessary to say so. But what kind of decision can anyone possibly reach in the absence of information, facts or arguments other than a wholly un-informed one? Is Down Syndrome Ireland advocating an un-informed outcome to one of the most important referenda to be put before the Irish electorate in years? Isn’t it a duty of each side of the debate to present all the facts and information as fully as possible and for each individual voter to inform themselves on the basis of all the available information?  

Given the reality of what a liberal abortion regime would likely mean here for the majority of children diagnosed with Down Syndrome before birth, the real surprise is to find advocacy groups like Down Syndrome Ireland not rooting tooth and nail for pro-life, as I have no doubt they do in relation to any other issue of benefit to those diagnosed with Downs.

Yours sincerely

Nick Folley