Down Syndrome

“I won’t be shamed or silenced by Minister Harris”, said Grace McBreen’s dad

Martin McBreen, who features in a new LoveBoth poster with his daughter Grace who has Down Syndrome, has released a video this evening in response to Minister Simon Harris’ comments earlier today. The Minister was highly critical of a new LoveBoth poster showing Martin and his daughter Grace and said that people with Down Syndrome should not feature in the debate. The poster was also criticised by Senator Aodhán Ó’Riordáin and Lisa Chambers TD.

In the video, Martin highlights the horrific statistics from countries like Britain where 90% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted. And he says he “won’t be shamed or silenced” out of the debate.

Hello, this is Martin McBreen.
You’ve probably seen the vote no posters featuring myself and my daughter Grace who has Down Syndrome. As you may have heard Simon Harris’ comments that our voices shouldn’t be part of the referendum campaign.
Well I won’t be shamed or silenced by those pushing radical abortion in this country. 
It’s a fact that Down Syndrome can be identified in the womb, with 99% accuracy, as early as nine weeks.
It’s a fact that 90% of all unborn babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome in Britain are aborted. 
And, it’s also a fact that the proposed law from the government will allow babies with Down Syndrome to be targeted by abortion.
Vote no for my daughter and everyone like her.
You will be saving lives.


14.05.18: ‘Fake outrage’ from Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Lise Chambers at Down Syndrome poster

Reacting to tweets by Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Lisa Chambers TD criticising newly unveiled posters from the LoveBoth Campaign, Cora Sherlock stated:

“Over the last 24 hours our volunteers have put up new posters across Ireland showing parents with their children who have Down Syndrome together with certified statistics from the NHS in England that over 90% of unborn babies detected to have Down Syndrome are aborted. This fact seems to have upset politicians Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Lisa Chambers, and so it should because abortion on demand has a horrendous impact on the Down Syndrome community. Pro-repeal campaigners do not want to address the fact that in countries that have allowed for abortion without restriction there has been massive levels of abortions of unborn babies with Down Syndrome. Simon Harris’s abortion plan for Ireland contains no restrictions preventing abortion for Down Syndrome.”

She continued: “We cannot deny the fact that in countries like Britain, once Down Syndrome is detected in the pregnancy the abortion rate is over 90%. Indeed, three obstetricians, Dr Peter Boylan, Dr Rhona Mahony and Dr Fergal Malone all confirmed on the radio last week that Down Syndrome can be detected as early as 10 weeks with 99% accuracy.”

Cora Sherlock concluded: “The fake outrage by Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Lisa Chambers is another sign of the reluctance of those pushing for repeal to address this issue in any serious way. These politicians, and others like them, would be better off criticising the legislation proposed by this government which would allow abortion on demand up to 12 weeks and up to 24 weeks on vague mental health grounds. The only way to protect unborn babies with Down Syndrome is to vote no on the 25th of May.”

LoveBoth has been listening to parents of children with disabilities and to families with children who have Down Syndrome. This campaign is just supporting them and giving them a voice.


Today we celebrate diversity and equality in Ireland

Down Syndrome day abortion

Launching a new video to mark World Down Syndrome Day, a spokesperson for the LoveBoth project has said that the Eighth Amendment has ensured a culture of respect for people with disabilities in Ireland, unlike that which exists in other countries.

Speaking earlier, Maeve O’Hanlon said:

“The video we are launching today tells the story of Carina and her son Benjamin who has Down Syndrome.  Their experience is that of many families all over Ireland – where children with conditions like Down Syndrome are given equal protection under our law thanks to the Eighth Amendment which doesn’t discriminate between babies in the womb in any way.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in many countries throughout the world, such as Britain where 9 out of 10 babies diagnosed with the condition in the womb are aborted.

“Today is a day that celebrates diversity and equality in Ireland.  It’s a time for us to reflect on the ways we can work on improving outcomes for people with Down Syndrome and enable them to fulfil their potential in every area of life.”