Saturday 21 April 2018

My daughter is proof that the judge was wrong about 'fatal foetal abnormalities'

'Many parents were deeply distressed at what Justice Horner said: at his description of their babies as undeserving of protection and at having to hear, yet again, more media reports where their children are dehumanised and their lives utterly devalued in order to campaign for abortion'
'Many parents were deeply distressed at what Justice Horner said: at his description of their babies as undeserving of protection and at having to hear, yet again, more media reports where their children are dehumanised and their lives utterly devalued in order to campaign for abortion'

Tracey Harkin

On Tuesday, along with thousands of parents right across the country, I was horrified to hear that Justice Mark Horner had said that some unborn babies, those he described as having a 'fatal foetal abnormality', were 'doomed' and did not have a 'human life to protect'.

I read his words as I sat with my daughter, Kathleen Rose, who is living with Trisomy 13, a condition often described as a 'fatal foetal abnormality'. We've just celebrated her 9th birthday with balloons, cake, family and friends - just like we have done for all our children. We treasure every day we have with her. She is the heart of our home.

I thought too, of all the families I have come to know because of Kathleen Rose, the parents who lost their beautiful babies to conditions like anencephaly and Trisomy 18. Families who had only hours, days or weeks after birth with their children, but who poured a lifetime of love into that short time, and who made memories and a pathway to healing after the pain of losing their child.

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