Ruane attends pro-abortion 'Rise and Repeal' Rally

Last Saturday 24th September., Caitríona Ruane, Sinn Féin MLA from the South Down constituency, attended the ‘Rise and Repeal’ Rally in Dublin.

The ‘Rise and Repeal’ Rally was part of the dark and sinister campaign to repeal the Eighth amendment to the Irish constitution. If this amendment, which grants equal protection to a mother and her unborn child, is repealed, just like sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 were wiped out by the so-called Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, unborn children south of the border would be stripped of all protection.  

As a member of the constituency that she is meant to represent, I am disgusted that she would join this march in the name of so-called ‘women’s rights’’! She doesn't speak for the people of South Down or the Newry and Mourne area!

In a statement issued by Sinn Féin on Monday 26th September, Caitríona Ruane unashamedly announced her party’s view on abortion:

“Sinn Féin has been consistent in the view that the 8th amendment needs to be repealed […]. Sinn Féin would support legislation which would make provision for abortion services in instances of pregnancies arising from sexual crime alongwith situations in which a pregnancy has been determined to have a fatal foetal abnormality.”

For a party that claims to be ‘prioritising disability inclusion’, calling for the legalised killing of babies with life limiting conditions is a far cry from ‘inclusion’. It is lethal discrimination.

Caitríona Ruane then goes on to say about her party’s ‘support’ for women:

“We have been resolute in our support for women’s rights and will continue to work as stakeholders to create an alternative that prioritises a woman’s welfare, a woman’s health and a woman’s wellbeing across the island.”

If Caitríona Ruane’s attendance at and support for the ‘Rise and Repeal’ Rally was because she and her party want to “support” women, I am baffled why she wasn’t present at The Perinatal Hospice Care Conference at Stormont last week.

This very special conference, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, was organised by Every Life Counts NI and co-sponsored by South Down MLAs Jim Wells and Sinead Bradley. Renowned healthcare specialists Dr Martin McCaffrey and Dr Byron Calhoun travelled from their home States to present their wealth of research and to share their invaluable experience of caring for babies with life-limiting conditions and their families with MLAs present at the conference, which included South Down MLA Harold McKee.

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