Eighth Amend­ment im­poses hor­ri­ble suf­fer­ing

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - OPINION -

SIR, At the March of Choice in Dublin on Septem­ber 30 I was hum­bled to carry a white rose from TFMR Ire­land, an or­gan­i­sa­tion of par­ents who have re­ceived a di­ag­no­sis of a fa­tal or se­vere foetal anom­aly dur­ing preg­nancy. The roses, car­ried by many on the march, re­mem­bered their ba­bies who had died.

This group is ad­vo­cat­ing for the re­peal of the Eighth Amend­ment as it out­laws cou­ples wish­ing to end their preg­nancy in these cir­cum­stances at a time of their choos­ing. Cur­rently, they are forced to con­tinue a preg­nancy which al­ready or soon will end in a heart-break­ing death, or to travel to re­ceive med­i­cal care else­where.

Many women and cou­ples, in ac­cor­dance with their prin­ci­ples, choose to carry a child with a fa­tal or life lim­it­ing con­di­tion to full term, and ex­pe­ri­ence con­sid­er­able love and mean­ing from a tragic sit­u­a­tion. How­ever, to en­force this op­tion on cou­ples and fam­i­lies is un­con­scionable.

When the ref­er­en­dum on the Eighth Amend­ment oc­curs, I will vote to re­peal be­cause those who have suf­fered hor­ri­bly un­der it have asked this of me. Sin­cerely,

Dr Richard Scriven, Ballinlough, Cork.

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