Local parents joining Save the 8th group
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.”