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Tanya Coonan’s beautiful open letter to pro-abortion doctor

by | Sep 26, 2017

Editor’s note. This comes from the Irish pro-life organization Life Institute.

Last week the Irish Times carried a lengthy feature from Dr. Chris Fitzpatrick arguing for abortion to be legalised on broad grounds. Because he had raised the issue of babies with what the paper called misleadingly called ‘fatal foetal abnormalities’, Tanya Coonan of Every Life Counts wrote in a moving and heartfelt reply, which the paper refused to print.

You can read it here:

“As a mother whose daughter passed away in my arms just two hours after she was born, I was saddened, but unsurprised, to read Dr. Chris Fitzpatrick’s article supporting the legalisation of abortion in Ireland.

Saddened because phrases like ‘fatal abnormalities’ distort my daughter’s humanity and wrongly categorise her as a baby whose life is worth less than others. My little girl, who was diagnosed with iniencephaly, knew nothing but love in her short life, and I was blessed to touch her beautiful baby face, kiss her warm, soft cheek and hold her tiny little hand.

If abortion had ended her life before birth, I would have never received all the gifts Lillie gave to me. She showed me that even the most striking imperfections are beautiful, and she was so beautiful.

I’m saddened too, that the reality of what is being offered to women is being hidden. Abortion doesn’t just prematurely deliver a baby with a life-limiting condition: these are usually late-term abortions where an injection of potassium chloride is given to stop baby’s heart. Denying that reality can only cause more hurt for women, and a recent study from Duke University showed that women who had an abortion after a diagnosis of anencephaly felt significantly more depression and despair than those who continued their pregnancy.

I regret to say, however, that I am also unsurprised that some doctors may believe that babies who have a severe disability have less of a right to life. Like many other Irish women, I found it very upsetting to have abortion suggested as a first option for my daughter, and to feel that her life was less valued because of her disability.

There is a better way of helping women than abortion. The best care helps us to spend precious time with our beautiful babies, however sick they may be.”

Categories: Ireland