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Mother whose daughter died at nine days charges Irish government with exploiting her death to promote a “Yes” vote on Irish abortion referendum

by | May 22, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

Campaigners from the Save the 8th team (Brian Lawless/PA)

Last year Sandra Caulfield tragically lost her baby girl Hope Rose only nine days after birth. Hope Rose had been diagnosed with a genetic disorder in the womb.

“Ms Caulfield said Hope Rose was given comfort care after being born at Mayo University Hospital in September last year, and spent the last three days of her life at home,” the Shropshire Star reported.

However speaking at a press conference for the Save the 8th campaign, Caulfield charged the Irish government with exploiting her family’s pain to help pass Friday’s referendum which would eliminate the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution guaranteeing equal protection to unborn children and their mothers.

“I want people to understand that the Government and the Yes campaign is using my pain and the pain of families like ours to legislate for abortion on demand, and I think that they are exploiting our pain to mislead the Irish people,” Ms. Caulfield said. “How the Yes campaign can put compassion and abortion in the same sentence is beyond me.

“Every life, no matter how short, deserves our protection.”

Hope Rose was diagnosed with Edwards syndrome when her mother was 14 weeks pregnant.

“Hope came and graced us with her presence for nine days, she taught us all so many lessons about true love and acceptance,” Caulfield said. “I will be eternally grateful for Hope’s life.”

As NRL News Today has reported, polls show a narrowing of the gap between those who wish to repeal the 8th amendment and allow the government to legislate on abortion and those who are determined to Save the Eighth. The government insists, if allowed, they would allow abortion through the 12th week.

But analyses of the language by both physicians and legal scholars have concluded the language is so elastic it would legalize abortion through at least the first six months.

Categories: Ireland