Lo­cal par­ents join­ing Save the 8th group

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

PAR­ENTS of chil­dren from the lo­cal­ity with Down Syn­drome are join­ing the Save the 8th Cam­paign.

Dis­abil­ity Voices for Life will an­nounce their de­ci­sion this Tues­day at a press con­fer­ence in Dublin.

Ardee woman Anne Trainer, whose son Kevin has Down syn­drome, said “We have an ab­so­lute right to in­clude our chil­dren and our fam­i­lies in this de­bate, since they are cen­tral to the dis­cus­sion and of­ten wish to make their own voices heard. We refuse to hide them away. We want to re­mind the Ir­ish peo­ple that peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties have a right to life, and we will not go back to the time when peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties were put out of sight and ig­nored,” she said.

Drogheda’s Micheal O’Dowd, whose son Conor also has Down syn­drome added, “Wher­ever you stand on abor­tion, the facts are im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore. Peo­ple whose dis­abil­i­ties are de­tected be­fore birth are ef­fec­tively be­ing wiped out by abor­tion. 90% of ba­bies di­ag­nosed with Down syn­drome in Bri­tain are aborted.

‘In Den­mark 98% of chil­dren like my son are aborted, with Ice­land now re­port­ing close to 100% abor­tion rate for ba­bies with Down Syn­drome.

‘It is ut­terly dev­as­tat­ing and we will not be si­lenced in speak­ing up for our chil­dren and the peo­ple that we love.”

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