Friday 30 September 2016

'I would have done the same as Katie Price' - Republic of Telly star Joanne McNally on Price's comments about aborting disabled son

Published 02/03/2016 | 14:13

Midday on TV3 - Joanne McNally.
Midday on TV3 - Joanne McNally.

Republic of Telly star Joanne McNally caused a stir on TV3's Midday today when she said she "would have done the same as Katie Price".

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Joanne was appearing on the panel for the first time alongside U Magazine editor Aisling O'Toole, PartyandWhine.com’s Tina Koumarianos and Blogger Sue Jordan.

They were discussing Katie Price's comments on ITV show Loose Woman on Tuesday.

Katie (37) said she would have considered aborting her son Harvey if she had been aware of his disabilities when she was pregnant at the age of 24.

Midday on TV3 - Host Andrea Hayes
Midday on TV3 - Host Andrea Hayes

Harvey (13) was born with a rare genetic condition called Prader-Willi syndrome and was also diagnosed with autism, ADHD, and blindness.

She said that she may have considered an abortion because she would have feared being unable to cope.

Midday on TV3 - in Picture: Joanne McNally
Midday on TV3 - in Picture: Joanne McNally

However, she added that she would never have an abortion now if she was pregnant and again and told her child was disabled.  She also said she would consider adopting a child with disabilities.

Speaking about Katie's views, Joanne said, "I would have done the same, I honestly think I would have done the same. If I knew at 23 that I was pregnant with a child with all these ailments and disabilities, honestly I probably would have done the same.”

Midday on TV3 - Aisling O'Toole, Joanne McNally, Andrea Hayes, Tina Koumarianos and Sue Jordan.
Midday on TV3 - Aisling O'Toole, Joanne McNally, Andrea Hayes, Tina Koumarianos and Sue Jordan.

Midday host Andrea Hayes interjected, "So you think it's OK to place a lesser value on a person’s life just because you have found out...”

Joanne defended her comments.

"No that's not what I said. Like what Katie said, it's because of the unknown – would I have been able to cope? The effect it has on my siblings, my family, the child itself.”

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