Let’s be clear about fatal foetal abnormalities.
This issue has nothing to do with severe disability, as the anti-abortion extremists would have you believe.
This is about babies who can never, ever survive outside the womb. This is about things like anencephaly where the baby has no brain, and only lives within the womb because its mother acts as a life-support system, if you could call it living.
This is about women discovering that they are carrying an anencephalic baby that will certainly be born dead, and who are denied an early delivery because the demented ideologues of Youth Defence and the Iona Institute have terrified our spineless politicians into silence.
This is about forcing a woman to gestate a dead baby for three, four or five months in order to satisfy an insane religious ideology.
That’s what Claire Daly’s bill was about. Giving some relief to women who are already undergoing a huge loss.
Unfortunately, given the profound dishonesty of the Iona Institute and Youth Defence, this is not how the ideologues will try to spin it for the media. It’s almost as if they have some other agenda, which has nothing to do with compassion.
As a result, the chances are, some idiot teenager will stop you in the street and try to lecture you about aborting disabled babies.
Smack them about the ears and tell them to live a life before lecturing a grown-up. This issue is not about disability. This is about women being forced to carry dead babies inside them for months.
This is barbarism at its worst but sadly, our spineless politicians seem content to put up with it.
We get what we deserve.