Letters Unpublished

   

If you sent a pro-life letter to a newspaper and it remained unpublished, we may publish it for you here. Lots of people have asked us to set up this page so send us your letters!

this letter was sent to the Irish Times 28-3-18 and was refused publication -

Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dear Editor,

I recently read a sensationalist article "Abortion: fake news" in which no fake news was reported.

Instead a lazy attack was placed on a member of an analytical group that has been used by the pro life group to promote the 8th amendment, something they haven't kept a secret.

In fact said group have even discussed where and why this person is working for them in keeping with our "transparent referendum"

It was reported as though it was a dirty tactic though the frustration of a  self titled 'leftie liberal' was thinly veiled.

As well as that, it was suggested that the infamous middle ground can't think for themselves. "It will use microtargeting to direct specific messages to those who can be most easily swayed by them." As though they are a vulnerable group of people that shouldn't be subjected to information regarding the upcoming referendum (unless it supports abortion of course!) for fear they might support it.

If my memory serves me correctly, George Soros through his charity 'The Open Society Foundation' donated €137,000 to Amnesty International to manipulate the Irish public in the upcoming referendum - is that a dirty tactic?

"Open Society gave money to Amnesty in early 2016 to support changes to Ireland’s abortion laws, along with donations to Abortion Rights Campaign Ireland and the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA)" - Irish Times, 2017

These three groups were to work together to hit the Irish public at once to bombard them, influence them or maybe even "direct specific messages to those who can be most easily swayed by them"  - is that a dirty tactic? Trying to persuade and influence people perceived as easily manipulated through hyperbolic scenarios?

Amnesty were found guilty by SIPO for not following the rules and were told to refund the money.

The money still hasn't been refunded. But that's different I suppose?

"The commission sought and received written confirmation from the donor that the funding was for explicitly political purposes. As it is the intent of the donor that determines whether a donation is a political donation, the funding very clearly fell within the Act’s prohibitions. The Commission has issued directives to the recipients to return the prohibited donations. ” - SIPO, 2017

Perhaps people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones?

Is mise le meas,

Rebecca Morrin

this letter was sent to the Irish Independent 29-1-18 and was refused publication -

Ardcarrig, Carrigaline, Co.Cork

Dear Editor,

The connection between eugenics of abortion and the gradual reduction of Down Syndrome in countries with liberal abortion regimes must be hitting home. It seems the pro-abortion lobby are now getting desperate to censor this connection in the public mind, in case people are alerted to the reality.

The latest entrant to the stage, Mary McDermott (Irish Independent 28-1-18) says she’s ‘both pro-choice and cares about people with Downs’. Maybe this is possible, but she must accept the 90% or so people diagnosed before birth with Downs, being aborted in the UK and elsewhere would be alive were it not for 'pro-choice'. What are we to say to those people? Who cared about them? And is the ending of their lives – because they had Downs - consistent with our compassion?

Ms.McDermott says her Downs brother has ‘taught her life is not fair and some people are treated like second class citizens … and about equality and standing up for human rights’.

She’s right. Life is not fair – especially for those without even a right to life. Some people are indeed treated like second-class citizens. Especially those from whom constitutional protection of the law is about to be stripped; reclassifying them as non-citizens so they can be killed on whim. Yes, people should be ‘given the opportunity to make choices’. As long as those choices don’t harm or kill other people. Has it been forgotten that ‘Choice’ is not a virtue in itself - it depends what we choose. We cannot expect to make ‘choices’ that harm or kill others and value them equally alongside ‘choices’ that help or care. And if she wishes to ‘stand up for human rights’ I urge her to join the pro-life camp while there’s still time.

In a feeble attempt to discredit the pro-life movement, Ms.McDermott further asks if those with Down Syndrome appearing on pro-life literature 'gave their informed consent for their image to be used?'. She promptly contradicts her own argument by pointing out that ‘some Downs people are pro-choice, some are pro-life’ etc. Well, since she evidently sees they can make informed choices in all these areas, it beggars belief that she would question whether they could give their informed consent in relation to their image. Or, if minors, the parent or guardian makes this call, as is normal in the world of film, photography and stock imagery.

In conclusion she asks “can we please all be respectful of the fact that people who have Down Syndrome are entitled to form their own views on this?”

Indeed. The only ones trying to stop them – and the general public – from doing so, are the pro-abortion lobby.

Yours Sincerely
Nick Folley

   

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