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Abortion referendum: Supporting No - Baby tragedy mother


Sandra Caulfield

Sandra Caulfield


Sandra Caulfield

A mother whose baby was diagnosed with a genetic disorder in the womb has said the Irish government is exploiting her pain ahead of the abortion referendum.

Sandra Caulfield, whose daughter Hope Rose died at nine days old after she was diagnosed with Edwards syndrome when Ms Caulfield was 14 weeks pregnant, said she supported a No vote.

She said: "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 Hope Rose was given comfort care after being born at Mayo University Hospital last September, and spent the last three days of her life at home. She said: "Hope came and graced us with her presence for nine days, she taught us all so many lessons about true love and acceptance. I will be eternally grateful for Hope's life."

Niamh Ui Bhriain, from the Save the 8th campaign, said the case of rape victim Miss C, who had an abortion at the age of 13, was also being used by pro-choice campaigners.

Ms Ui Bhriain said: "The Yes campaign is exploiting difficult cases to legalise abortion on demand.

"The fact is that the government could have brought in measures to help women in difficult cases, but they didn't."

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