Mike Nesbitt, the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party in Northern Ireland, was a contributor to a discussion on abortion on the Nolan radio show yesterday.
He made it clear that he is in favour of changing the law on abortion in Northern Ireland so that women who have been told by doctors that they are carrying a baby with a “fatal” abnormality can have an abortion in Northern Ireland.
A caller to the programme reminded Mr.Nesbitt that a doctor in Northern Ireland (Professor Jim Dornan) recently stated publicly that he was not happy with the term “fatal foetal abnormality” because it is not a medical term.
Obviously then, the word “fatal” should not prefix the term foetal abnormality because no-one (including doctors) knows if a foetal abnormality will prove fatal, whether before birth or after birth.
Mr.Nesbitt’s response to being told what the Professor had said was, “that was his (Prof. Dornan’s) opinion.”
Not so, Mr.Nesbitt. The term “fatal foetal abnormality” cannot be found in any medical textbook.
Do you still say that the Professor was expressing his opinion, Mr. Nesbitt?