PLC urge doctors to use ‘sensitive’ language

The Pro Life Campaign (PLC) has urged doctors to be more “sensitive” when speaking publically about women whose children are diagnosed with a life-limiting disorder in the womb.

“It is important that they are aware of language they use isn’t offensive or hurtful to families who have been through or find themselves in those situations,” PLC Deputy Chairperson Cora Sherlock told The Irish Catholic.

Ms Sherlock was responding to remarks made by the retiring Master of Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital, Mr Sam Coulter Smith, who said women whose unborn babies have a fatal condition should be able to terminate their pregnancy in Ireland if that is their choice.

Tracy Harkin of Every Life Counts said Mr Coulter Smith’s comments “set alarm bells ringing” in her head.

“Humanity of a child should not be dependent on the decision of the parents, a doctor or even society,” she said.