Mother Who Wants to Keep Abortion Illegal in Ireland Speaks About Refusal to Abort Her Own Daughter

(Sky News) Vicky Wall, who discovered her unborn daughter Liadán had the rare genetic disorder Edward’s syndrome, believes passionately that abortion should remain illegal in Ireland. Here, she shares her story with Sky News.

In 2014, I found out I was pregnant with my third child. It was a bit of a shock. I was 37. When the shock settled, we were overjoyed. All went well until 24 weeks, when I was told at a scan there may be a problem with her, so we went to Dublin to get her checked.

In Dublin, we were told she had Edward’s syndrome, and then I was told she was incompatible with life. I didn’t know what either of those terms meant.

So I asked how could I help her—what could we do—and I was told my only option was to pop to England. The doctor was insinuating an abortion to end her life.

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