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Powerful article on abortion, Down Syndrome, and 8th amendment on the Journal today - Anne Trainer, whose adorable little boy, Kevin, has Down Syndrome has written a powerful and important article on the Journal.ie today. Entitled 'Abortion is leading us to a 'Down's Syndrome-free' world. I can barely type the words', this courageous mother explains that "the Eighth Amendment protected my son, and he was deserving of that protection". She writes: "I believe that children like Kevin are a gift to all of us, and I am thankful every day that their lives are protected by the Irish Constitution. The huge problem I have with the Eighth Amendment being tampered with is that I know fear is a very powerful emotion." She points to Iceland's 100% abortion rate for babies with Down's Syndrome and says that "Legal abortion is leading us to a “Down’s Syndrome-free” world. I can barely type the words. It is utterly heart-breaking. Little wonder that, in Britain, Lord Shinkwin – a member of the House of Lords who has a congenital disability – last week gave a powerful speech

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13 babies saved in January by Gianna Care - In just one month, 13 beautiful babies have been saved from abortion by the work of GiannaCare, a Dublin-based pregnancy counselling and care centre who are focused on reaching out to women right at the abortion referral clinic door. In January just past, 13 mothers decided against abortion when they were offered the compassionate support offered by GiannaCare, who say that women and their babies deserve this support and care. Volunteers with GiannaCare reach out to women who are often seeking abortion referral at Marie Stopes in fear and panic, and show them that there is a better life-affirming answer. "It has been a most blessed month, and all these 13 mothers are so glad that they didn't go for an abortion. Women look for abortion in fear and panic, and by offering them real help and support, by helping to see a way forward, the lives of 13 babies were saved this month, which is so uplifting and wonderful," they said. "When women see their baby on ultrasound, or

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Is the Assembly a farce designed to justify a vote on killing unborn babies? - Most of you won’t be surprised by any assertion that the Citizens’ Assembly is looking more and more like a farce – a farce designed to justify holding a vote on killing unborn babies. That’s not the fault of the 99 citizens which make up the Assembly, many of whom no doubt have pro-life views and are decent people, but it’s increasingly clear that this process, like others concocted by Enda Kenny, already has a pre-ordained outcome. We’ve been here before, in 2013, where two ‘consultations’ on abortion took place in rapid succession – and where the evidence was then roundly ignored. Despite the fact that every expert witness agreed that abortion was not a treatment for suicidality, Enda Kenny’s government pushed through legislation permitting abortion on suicide grounds. This time however, Fine Gael can’t just bully legislation through, and the polls are telling them that Irish people don’t want abortion on demand, so the Assembly is all about justifying a decision to

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Fathers 4 Justice Libel Victory over Cork Pro-Choice - Fathers’ rights advocates, Fathers 4 Justice, has achieved a libel victory over pro-abortion group Cork Pro-Choice, which was forced to withdraw allegations made, publicly apologise and pay €2000 to the group. Fathers 4 Justice (a group with campaigns on behalf of fathers, children, and for men’s health issues) were triumphant over Cork Pro-Choice after it was determined that the pro-abortion group was guilty of libel in their attack on Fathers 4 Justice’s recent campaign. Cork Pro-Choice has falsely accused Fathers 4 Justice of promoting domestic violence in their “Fatherhood begins at conception” campaign that has appeared on buses in Cork. The advertisement included an image of a father cradling a baby accompanied by the words “A father is for life not just conception.” This ad highlights the loss of fatherhood and the powerlessness that men often experience when their children are aborted. Cork Pro-Choice was compelled to issue a formal and public apology to Fat

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French State Council Bans Down Syndrome Video - Shocking and mind boggling news came out this week from France that has sparked outrage from all around the world. The French State Council rejected an appeal made by the Down Syndrome community when it upheld a ban on a video featuring children with Down Syndrome on the ground that the children were too happy and it might make women who have aborted babies with Down Syndrome feel bad. It may sound unbelievable but it is true. The award winning video entitled “Dear Future Mom” features children with Down Syndrome reassuring future mothers that their children would be able to live happy and fulfilling live even with Down Syndrome. The children told future mothers not to be afraid and assured them that their kids would be able to do so many things including speak, go to school, and have job. The video is both beautiful and heart warming. However, the State Council declared that the video was unacceptable and that showing the happy images of these children was “inappropriate” b

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Poland to assist families where preborn baby diagnosed with severe disability - The Polish Parliament recently approved a bill which will provide financial assistance to women whose babies are prenatally diagnosed with severe disabilities and who decide to continue with their pregnancies and give their babies a chance at life. The new policy will offer the equivalent of 900 euro a month to families to help contribute to the cost of caring for a child who may have special needs. Polish politicians are hoping that this will encourage families who are given tragic prenatal diagnoses choose life and provide for their children. Photo Credit: Himileanmedia : Used under CC licence Poland currently prohibits abortion except in cases where the baby is found to have a severe disability. Children with Down Syndrome as well as babies with potentially life limiting conditions can be legally aborted. The Associated Press reports : Government official Elzbieta Witek said the money is intended as the “first step” of government support for families with disabled c

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Mothers make preborn baby’s voice heard in remarkable Chilean event - A remarkable and moving pro-life display took place in Chile on October 2nd that beautifully and poignantly displayed the humanity of the unborn child. The women of the Reivindica Feminist Movement filled the streets of the capital and gave their unborn babies a voice by letting the sound of their heartbeats be heard loud and clear. The women strapped fetal heart monitors to their bellies and amplified the sound of their children’s heartbeats using megaphones as they marched through the streets. CFAM reported on the event, stating, “Coordinated by the national NGO Reivindica, an organization that aims to empower ‘different’ voices of women (meaning, the voices not considered by mainstream pro-abortion feminists), pregnant Chilean women gathered in Plaza de la Constitución, then marched to the government buildings. But this time, the women did not speak. They carried loudhailers, which broadcasted the sounds of their unborn children’s heartbeats.” The organization released an

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Baby Shane Micheal – a powerful new video about ‘the bucket list baby’ on his second anniversary - his past week marked the second anniversary of the birth of Shane Haley who, in his short life, had an enormous impact on the world and touched the hearts of people all across the globe. In honor of Shane’s birthday, Every Life Counts, a support group for families of babies with severe life limiting conditions, released a beautiful new video about Shane, his parents Jenna and Dan, and their remarkable journey. When Jenna and Dan discovered that their unborn baby had anencephaly and would not likely live long after birth, they were, naturally, heartbroken. However, the couple made the decision to make the most of their situation and decided that, if their beloved son wouldn’t live after birth, they would make as many memories with Shane as they could while he was still in the womb. What resulted was their “bucket list” for Shane, which was a list of activities they wanted to share with their son while he was in the womb. The family travelled to New York city, to baseball

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Poll shows most voters reject message of Repeal the 8th abortion campaign - The Life Institute has said that today’s Irish Times/Ipsos-MRBI poll shows that abortion campaigners have utterly failed to swing voter support in favour of abortion-on-demand, despite massive media support and global funding from billionaires like George Soros. Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute said that the findings of the poll showed that the vast majority of people leaned pro-life and were uncomfortable with the provision of abortion. “After three solid years of massive media support and millions being pumped in from abroad for abortion campaigners, they are left with just 19% of people agreeing with their stance on abortion – just 19% supporting a UK model of abortion. That is really remarkable, and shows that the Irish people have a very good understanding of the indisputable fact that the preborn baby is a human being, and that we need to protect both mother and baby,” said the Life Institute spokeswoman. “We’re seeing some of the results of this poll reflec

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Medical expert urges doctors and politicians to ‘rise above prejudices’ for babies with life-limiting conditions - A professor of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine who has worked with hundreds of families where baby had a life-limiting condition, has urged politicians and medical professionals to ‘rise above their prejudices and listen to families’ when considering medical care and interventions for babies diagnosed with trisomy 13 and 18. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LISTEN to his important interview here: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Dr. Martin McCaffrey told the Pat Kenny show on Newstalk that the medical literature showed that these babies were living longer than had been previously expected, and that evidence from major studies showed that as many as 20% of children with Trisomy 13 and 18 could live up to a year, with up to 10% reaching a life of 10 years if they were supported and beneficial interventions given. He said that he was taught during medical training that all these babies die very soon, but in 2009 he met parents of babies who had trisomy and learned that m
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