Over 1,200 march in Switzerland to celebrate life of children with Down syndrome

Over 1,200 people joined the Swiss ‘March For Life’ 2019 to proclaim the right to life of unborn babies.

This year, pro-life campaigners celebrated its 10th anniversary by highlighting the value of children who have been diagnosed with Down syndrome and other special needs.

However, the peaceful event has been marred by repeated violence from abortion activists.

According to Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, police had to briefly detain 175 individuals and arrest at least one on charges of violence and threats against authorities. Protesters also set fire to containers and then attacked some of the firefighters who came to extinguish the flames.

As a result of the violence, authorities had to temporarily stop the March for Life and re-route it before it could continue.

The march concluded at Zurich’s Turbinen Square, with music and representatives sharing testimonies of the value of those with Down syndrome. 

Pro-life campaigners have held, or tried to hold, a pro-life march in September every year in Switzerland for the last 10 years. In 2017, pro-life leaders were forced to cancel the march because of threats of violence, according to Human Life International.

And in 2016, a strong police cordon had to protect the event from 100 radicals who launched smoke flares and condoms at the events participants. In the weeks prior, the buildings of organisations supporting the march were attacked with paint.

Switzerland permits abortion throughout the first 12 weeks of gestation, under certain conditions.

However, abortion is also legal beyond the 12-week limit, if is claimed the pregnant woman’s physical or psychological health is in danger. In 2018, 528 abortions out of a total of 10,457 were carried out in this context.

As in England and Wales, over 90% of babies who are prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted in Switzerland. The figure in similar in France, Belgium and Italy, and has reached almost 100% in Iceland for babies prenatally diagnosed with Downs syndrome.

Lord Shinkwin recently used these statistics to highlight that the UK imposing abortion on Northern Ireland would be telling people with disabilities that they are “better off dead.”

The Lord highlighted the disparity in the rate of Down syndrome based abortions where in England and Wales, compared to Northern Ireland where pro-life laws currently mean unborn children with disabilities are equally respected in law.

“[In Northern Ireland] 52 children with Down’s syndrome were born in 2016, in the same year only one child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales.”

“Is that not a cause for celebration? Is it not to Northern Ireland’s immense credit that disability equality is actually respected ​there?”

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said:

“Switzerland along with England and Wales abort 90% of unborn babies prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome. Northern Ireland currently has a very different approach where disability-selective abortion is illegal, therefore creating a culture which accepts and supports people with disabilities rather than eliminating them.”

“This is reflected directly in recent official figures showing that almost 100% of babies found to have Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland are born. This greatly contrasts with the 90% termination rate for Down’s syndrome from other parts of the UK.”

(Image credit: Marsch fürs Läbe: Switzerland March for Life 2019)

Remains of thousands of unborn babies discovered in US abortionist’s home

The preserved remains of over 2,000 unborn babies have been found at the Illinois home of a former abortion doctor after his death on 3rd September.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that they had found the remains of 2,246 unborn children in Dr Ulrich Klopfer’s home, in north-east Illinois. 

An attorney for the deceased doctor’s family contacted the authorities to inform them of the discovery and to request assistance in the “proper removal of the remains”.

The sheriff’s office added an investigation has been launched into the matter, but saw no evidence to suggest medical procedures were performed at the home.

Klopfer is estimated to have performed tens of thousands of abortion procedures in Indiana, before his license was suspended in 2016 after a hearing with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.

The board’s panel found the doctor guilty of five of the nine charges he faced, including a failure to ensure that qualified staff were present during abortion procedures and not reporting abortions performed on those under the age of 14.

During the hearing, Klopfer told the story of an abortion he performed on a 10-year-old girl who had been raped by her uncle.

Instead of notifying police about the child abuse, Klopfer allowed the young girl to return home with her parents, who knew about the rape and had refused to prosecute the uncle.

The discovery is reminiscent of what investigators found when they raided the Philadelphia abortion facility of now-imprisoned abortionist Dr Kermit Gosnell.

Gosnell, who performed over 16,000 abortions over 31 years, kept the remains of unborn children in freezers above refrigerators that held workers’ lunches at his West Philadelphia abortion clinic.

He was convicted in 2011 to three consecutive life sentences for killing three newborn babies by snipping their spinal cords at the neck, after failed abortion procedures.

Abortionist Michael Roth also kept body parts of his aborted victims.

Republican representative, Jackie Walorski, called the discovery of preserved remains of unborn children in Klopfer’s house as “sickening beyond words”.

In a statement released by her office, she added: “Every human life is precious, and every woman and baby deserves care and respect. This tragic case shows why abortion providers must be held to strict guidelines and face rigorous oversight”.

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said:

“We are horrified by the discovery in Illinois and echo calls for the abortion industry to be held to the highest scrutiny, not just in the US but in the UK and around the world.”

“As gruesome as this discovery is, it is no worse than the fact that he ended the lives of these babies in the first place.”

(Image credit: Adobe Stock: Baby boy's feet on woolen carpet)

Gov says abortion is a devolved issue in Northern Ireland but will force it on the region anyway

Thousands gather in Belfast to March for Their Lives

In response to a petition in opposition to the imposition of abortion on Northern Ireland, the Government in Westminister has conceded that abortion remains “within the competence of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive” but they’re intent on forcing abortion on Northern Ireland anyway.

The Government’s affirmation of the sovereignty of the Northern Ireland Assembly in making decisions on this matter has been greatly undermined by the Parliamentary vote in July to force abortion on the region.

Unless Stormont reconvenes by the 21st October, the legislation will come into effect in Northern Ireland immediately. It will permit abortion up to 28 weeks for any reason, including abortion on the grounds of the sex of the baby. In fact, the new law removes all regulations and safeguards on abortion throughout the first 7 months of pregnancy. In which case, abortions could be performed in almost any setting and on children without the knowledge or consent of their parents.

The Government response to the petition came just a few days before an MP in the House of Commons demanded that the people of Northern Ireland not be consulted in regard to the implementation of new extreme abortion law.

As part of their response to the petition, the Government has said that its “preference therefore remains that any change to law on abortion… is taken forward by a restored Executive and functioning Assembly.”

In a debate earlier this week however, MPs from Northern Ireland pointed out that the Government’s response is a “non-solution”.

Sammy Wilson MP said:

“[The Government] cannot run away and hide behind the statement, “It is up to the parties in Northern Ireland,” as one party that is essential to the setting up of the Administration [Sinn Féin]… have been driving the pro-abortion agenda in Northern Ireland…”

“[The Government] knows that as long as [Sinn Féin] remain in a position where they veto the formation of an Assembly, the solution that [the Government] says is in the hands of the people of Northern Ireland is not a solution at all.”

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said:

“The Government response to this petition which gathered almost 15,000 signatures, as well as statements in Parliament, shows the low regard Westminster has for the sovereignty of Northern Ireland Assembly in this regard.”

“In fact, from early July when this debate was fast-tracked through Parliament, the will of the people of Northern Ireland has been consistently ignored and disregarded. The majority of women in Northern Ireland (66% in general and 70% of 18-34 year olds) do not want abortion law imposed on the region from Westminster. There are also 100,000 people alive today who would otherwise not be, had the Abortion Act 1967 in the rest of Britain, been extended to Northern Ireland.”

Doctors call out “misleading” and “wildly inaccurate” assisted suicide activist video

Senior leaders at a national charity for end of life care have criticised a recent video from an assisted suicide lobby group labelling it “irresponsible”, “misleading” and “wildly inaccurate”.

Dignity in Dying released its video, The Inescapable Truth, as part of its ongoing efforts to legalise assisted suicide in the UK.

The distressing video features a mother talking to her son about his grandfather’s death. She tells her son that his grandad “moved to a special place called a hospice”, intercut with flashbacks portraying his death as agonising and traumatic.

Carole Walford and Tracey Bleakley, Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Executive of Hospice UK respectively,  said the film was “misleading and irresponsible campaigning.”

In their open letter to Dignity in Dying they call for the “sensationalist and inaccurate video” to be taken down. 

They say that it “could scare people away from the support they so desperately need… care that alleviates suffering, listens, communicates, and through skilled evidence based interventions meets the personal, physical, emotional and spiritual needs.”

Dignity in Dying claim the video is “a realistic portrayal” of those experiencing end of life care, and have so far not taken down the video. In a new report, Dignity in Dying, formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, claim 17 people in the UK die in such a manner every day.  

A claim that has been disputed by healthcare professionals who lined up on Twitter to criticise the film.

An NHS palliative care doctor said: “The very last thing the debate on assisted dying needs is deeply misleading and wildly inaccurate portrayals of dying in a hospice.”

An NHS project manager for cancer alliance said: 

“The inescapable truth? Whose truth? Are you so desperate for support that you are reduced to #fakenews? This is definitely not my experience of my parents’ deaths, one in a hospice & one in an acute hospital. This is the most terrible exploitation of peoples’ fears. Shameful.”

A palliative care nurse tweeted: “This is a low act! I’ve nursed many many people dying in hospitals and hospice settings. NEVER, have I witnessed such a distressing scene. You are sensationalising and stigmatising death!”

“This is not truth,” added GP Dr Andrew Green, who has been a GP for 40 years.

Parliamentary efforts to allow doctors to help patients kill themselves have been consistently rejected in recent years, including by 330 votes to 118 in 2015. 

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“Leading doctors at Hospice UK and elsewhere are correct to call out Dignity in Dying for their misleading, irresponsible scaremongering. A recent study into end-of-life care ranked the UK as the best in the world, praising the quality and availability of services.”

“Our world class end-of-life care is becoming increasingly important for a society which values the lives of people with terminal or life-limiting conditions.”

“Legalising assisted suicide would inevitably lead to pressure on vulnerable people to choose the quicker, cheaper option of death over end of life care.”

(Image credit: Dignity in Dying video screen shot)