Their Baby Didn’t Live Long After Birth But They Never Could Have Aborted Him

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 23, 2018   |   10:58AM   |   Dublin, Ireland

Irish parents Anne Mulligan and Liam Snr were reluctant at first to become involved in the pro-life campaign in Ireland.

But when they realized the gravity of what is at stake, the husband and wife agreed to help.

Their three children’s lives were what prompted them to get involved: Their teenage daughter has Down syndrome and one of their sons died shortly after birth, according to the Irish Times.

“They are human beings, all three of them,” Snr told the news outlet, “and we feel that the concept that a child is just a diagnosis and that they can be killed because of a diagnosis goes back to making a person a slave because their skin is black; that’s what it feels like to us.”

On Friday, 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.

If the amendment is repealed, government leaders plan to push a proposal to legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide range of circumstances.

Mulligan said abortion is “dehumanizing” toward children like their son Liam who was born in March 2006 with Trisomy 18. She said he lived outside the womb for only two months, five days and 40 minutes, but his life was valuable.

“The individual who was our son, who is our son, he lived, and even though he was just a small little person for over two months he lived a very full life and by his very condition brought loads of people in to us,” she said.

“… our neighbours showed great support, great compassion and great love. It really pulled a whole community together, this little person, and I wonder had that little person been opted out what would have happened,” Mulligan continued.

Abortion was not an option for them, but if Ireland repeals its Eighth Amendment, it could lead to the destruction of tens of thousands of children with disabilities.

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The couple said their belief that every baby deserves a right to life is not based on religion but on science and reason.

“Progressive thought, primacy of science, transparency, the defence of the meek and the need to give a voice to the voiceless – I think we will find that abortion falls down on all of those issues,” Snr explained.

“You’re dehumanising,” his wife added. “You’re not acknowledging the humanity is there by even giving the option that someone can choose to kill. Kill is such a horrible word, it’s such a nasty word, but how else do I describe taking a life before its natural end, that someone could choose to end another person’s life that is a human, maybe a small human but still nonetheless a human?”

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

Currently, Irish laws protect pregnant mothers and their unborn babies equally. And Ireland is one of the safest places in the world for pregnant mothers and their babies.

Pro-life advocates have been working hard against a biased media, politicians, celebrities and huge, illegal donations from rich American businessmen who are intent on pushing Ireland to adopt abortion on demand. Pro-life volunteers have been knocking on doors across Ireland to save the Eighth Amendment and thousands of unborn babies’ lives.