Ashleigh Topley could not bear it when doctors told her that her unborn baby girl had a fatal disease.
The news would break the heart of any parent. But rather than cherish the time she had left with her unborn daughter, the Northern Ireland woman asked for an abortion, according to the Mirror.
Topley’s home country prohibited her from aborting her unborn daughter. Northern Ireland protects unborn babies’ right to life and bans abortions. Exceptions are allowed only in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.
Now, Topley is urging lawmakers to change the law, claiming it is “barbaric” that women like her cannot abort their unborn babies.
“The law in Northern Ireland is barbaric,” she told the Mirror. “Women who need abortions need support, not judgment and prosecution. I couldn’t grieve for my little girl while I could feel her kicking inside me.
“The idea that these politicians and their inhumane views could be part of the UK government is a nightmare,” she continued.
The Portadown woman said she was 20 weeks pregnant when doctors told her that her unborn daughter had a fatal disease called osteogenesis imperfecta and likely would die in the womb.
Topley said the news devastated her and her husband, and they discussed having an abortion. When she asked a medical consultant, however, she was refused.
“The consultant looked me dead in the eye and said, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen. Termination is illegal here’. I asked how my care would continue and she said, ‘Oh, just the same as a normal pregnancy’. She was quite flippant about it,” Topley recalled.
She said waiting for her daughter to die was torturous.
“Every day I woke up hoping my waters would break, so we could start coming to terms with our loss. I felt so guilty. It was like wanting her to die,” she said.
In 2014, when she was 35-weeks pregnant, Topley gave birth to her stillborn daughter, according to the report. They named her Katy. Topley later was told that Katy’s heart stopped two days before she was stillborn, according to the report.
She said a psychiatrist helped her to come to terms with her daughter’s death.
Tragically, abortion activists sell vulnerable women like Topley the lie that their grief will be less if they have their unborn babies aborted. In reality, many women who have had abortions said killing their unborn babies caused them extreme grief and anguish.
Topley and her husband seemed to realize that their unborn daughter was valuable when they named her Katy. But at a vulnerable, emotional moment in their lives, they also were swayed by the pro-abortion belief that it was ok to end their daughter’s life because she still was in the womb. Their country’s pro-life laws stopped them from doing so, but other countries like the United States and England allow abortions in such cases.
Babies in the womb, whether they are healthy or sick, living or dying, deserve the same care and treatment as babies outside the womb. Very few would advocate for killing a dying child outside the womb. It should be no different for a baby who is dying before birth.