Derry mum to speak at Rally for Life

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The mother of a Derry toddler who was born with only half of her heart developed, is to speak at the All-Ireland Rally for Life on Saturday (July 2).

Bronagh Parke is one of the speakers at the event which is expected to draw thousands in a rally to oppose proposals to introduce abortion in Northern Ireland.

Her daughter Sofia Park is nearly two years old and lives with only half a working heart, she has liver disease, and all her organs are on the wrong side. She has had four open heart surgeries and a pacemaker fitted.

Bronagh revealed that she was told of Sofia’s condition when she was 23 weeks pregnant, and advised to end her pregnancy.

“Abortion never crossed my mind,” she said. “She is a wee fighter and she amazes us every day. She has brought us so much joy and happiness.”

Bernie Smyth of Pro-Life group Precious Life said: Bernadette Smyth of Precious Life said: “At this year’s Rally we will stand for the right to life of every person.”

Buses to the rally will be leaving Derry on Saturday morning. To get a place ring 90278484.

The Rally, which is the biggest pro-life event of the year, attracts thousands of people of all ages.

It begins at Custom House Square, Belfast at 2 p.m.

More information is available at www.facebook.com/Allirelandrallyforlife