Northern Ireland's Justice Minister - David Ford caused furor yesterday when he announced his intention to consult on changing the law to allow abortion in some circumstances. In an initiative that corresponds closely with what pro-abortionists are currently attempting to do in the South of Ireland the new consultation Ford proposes is the killing of special-needs babies who may die before or shortly after birth and unborn babies conceived through rape or incest.
Abortion is still a criminal offence in Northern Ireland and the law protects the lives of unborn babies. It is essential that the law should be upheld and that David Ford does not succeed in changing it.
This is essentially about eugenics not women’s health and is based on the idea that people with 'imperfections' are not worthy of life. It stems from the eugenicist ideology popular during the Interwar period, which was promoted by Marie Stopes and Margaret Sanger and embraced by Hitler.
One has to feel sympathy for parents faced with such devastating news that their baby will not survive but this is no excuse for terminating a life. Every member of the human family is entitled to live as long as he or she is capable of so-doing
Abortion is not the answer it simply kills babies and wounds mothers.
Research shows that women who have abortions due to poor fetal diagnosis have much more severe and long lasting mental health problems afterward, but support services such as perinatal hospice can help to give a more peaceful experience for the family.
The concept of perinatal hospice care has been around in the US for some time and doctors and nurses see with their own eyes how parents who choose to carry their child to term have a very peaceful experience and enjoy the time they can spend with their child even when the child dies naturally at birth due to a severe handicap. Instead of all the stress of an abortion, parents have an opportunity to have loving contact with a child who may not live long but who can be a blessing for the short time he or she may have to live.