Abortion law discriminates against those with disabilities, bishops argue

Jul 8, 2021 by

by Madeleine Davies, Church Times: On Tuesday, the Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, together with the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, the Church of England’s lead bishop for health and social care, and the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman, issued a statement supporting the challenge. “The Church of England has consistently argued that the law on abortion is discriminatory on two counts. In the first instance, it permits abortions to be...

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Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities

Feb 14, 2021 by

by James Tapper, Observer: Vulnerable people have encountered ‘shocking discrimination’ during pandemic, says Mencap charity. People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of the pandemic, in spite of widespread condemnation of the practice last year and an urgent investigation by the care watchdog. Mencap said it had received reports in January from people with learning disabilities that they had been told they would not be resuscitated if...

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The law must stop discriminating against people with Down’s syndrome — this case could change that

Oct 28, 2020 by

by Naomi Marsden, CARE: A law that tells people with disabilities that their lives are not worth living should never have found its way onto the statute books. This case, challenging Britain’s discriminatory abortion law, could be a major step forward in disability equality. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting Heidi Crowter, a disability advocate, as she delivered a petition to Number 10. The petition called on the Government to prevent the imposition of a discriminatory...

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Don’t treat children like consumer goods

Sep 21, 2020 by

by Mary Harrington, UnHerd: This desperately sad short film published by Radio Free Europe looks at the case of Brigid, a girl born via commercial surrogacy in Ukraine. Brigid was born with disabilities, rejected by her US-based commissioning ‘mother’ and subsequently also by the woman who birthed her. Though paid surrogacy is regarded as shameful in Ukraine, it pays well: women can earn around £14,000 for carrying a baby, a significant sum in a country where average monthly wages are around...

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New laws propose ban on pregnant women aborting babies with minor disabilities

May 25, 2020 by

by David Wooding, The Sun: PREGNANT women will be banned from aborting babies with minor disabilities under proposed new laws. A cross-party group of MPs have joined forces to bring forward a Bill to end late terminations on the grounds the unborn child has a club foot, cleft lip or palate. All these minor abnormalities can be easily corrected after birth but hundreds of mothers have had abortions after they showed up in scans after the 24-week legal limit. The change is being championed by...

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Woman with Down’s syndrome takes UK Govt to court over allowing abortion up to birth for disabilities

Feb 23, 2020 by

from Right to Life: A 24-year-old woman who has Down’s syndrome has launched a landmark case against the UK Government over the current discriminatory abortion law singles out babies with disabilities allowing abortion right through birth for conditions including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot. Heidi Crowter has joined with Cheryl Bilsborrow from Preston, whose two-year-old son Hector has Down’s syndrome, to bring forward the case. Currently, abortion is available up to birth in...

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