Ireland Prime Minister: Putting Kids With Down Syndrome on Posters is “Wrong,” But Aborting Them is Not

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 15, 2018   |   10:53AM   |   Washington, DC

The Prime Minister of Ireland has it backwards. He thinks putting pictures of kids with Down syndrome on posters is “wrong” but killing them in abortions is not.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is leading the charge to legalize abortion in Ireland by first overturning the 8th Amendment, which provides legal protection for women ad their unborn children. Today, while walking neighborhoods in Dublin pushing abortion, Varadkar condemned pro-life groups who are highlighting how legalized abortions would result in killing unborn babies with Down syndrome, as happens frequently in nations with legalized abortion.

The Taoiseach has branded the use of children with Down Syndrome in posters for the abortion referendum as “wrong”.

Leo Varadkar criticised the posters, published by those campaigning for a No vote in the referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment, as he canvassed commuters in Dublin on Tuesday.

He said: “I think it’s wrong because we have made it very clear in the proposed legislation that disability will not be grounds to end a pregnancy.

“I think it’s one of a number of attempts by the No campaign to muddy the waters and create confusion.”

Although the abortion proposal may not specifically allow abortions just because a baby is diagnosed with Down syndrome, that already happens in nations with legalized abortion. And news reports already indicate Irish women are traveling to the UK to have abortions on babies with Down syndrome. Unborn babies with Down syndrome in Ireland are being aborted at an extremely high rate, even though abortion is illegal in the country, according to new research data. The Irish Independent published data from the top three maternity hospitals in Ireland indicating that about 50 percent of women whose unborn babies test positive for Down syndrome have abortions.

Leading Irish pro-life advocate Cora Sherlock talked about how babies with Down syndrome would be further victimized by abortions if the 8th Amendment falls.

“Abortion on demand, which repealing the 8th will ultimately usher in, would strip away protections for the most vulnerable. We know that in Britain, 90% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb are aborted,” Sherlock said. “Every child deserves their chance at life.”

“The frightening nature of the Government’s abortion proposal cannot be denied. An abortion future like Britain’s would be an unimaginable tragedy,” Sherlock added.

On May 25, Ireland is scheduled to vote on whether to repeal its Eighth Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ right to life. Abortion activists, backed by some of the world’s richest men, are pushing the pro-life country to legalize abortion on demand.

Pro-lifers estimate that the Eighth Amendment has saved approximately 100,000 unborn babies’ lives from abortion.

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Across the world, unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities are discriminated against at astronomical rates. Parents whose unborn babies have Down syndrome or other disabilities frequently report feeling pressure to abort them by doctors and genetic counselors.

A recent CBS News report shocked the nation with its exposure of the discriminatory abortion trend. According to the report, nearly 100 percent of unborn babies who test positive for Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland. The rate in France was 77 percent in 2015, 90 percent in the United Kingdom and 67 percent in the United States between 1995 and 2011, according to CBS.

Some put the rate as high as 90 percent in the United States, but it is difficult to determine the exact number because the U.S. government does not keep detailed statistics about abortion.