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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UK Court Orders Forced Abortion On Woman

Oct 16, 2019 by

from SPUC: UK doctors are to perform a surgical abortion on a woman with learning difficulties without her consent, a Court of Protection judge has ruled. The Court of Protection in London heard how an unidentified woman in her twenties, has the ‘mental capacity of a toddler’ and is believed to be 12 weeks pregnant. The judge has ordered a surgical abortion to be performed on the woman later this week, after hospital bosses urged the court to authorize the termination. Mr Justice Williams has...

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US study says assisted suicide laws rife with dangers to people with disabilities

Oct 13, 2019 by

by Michael Cook, Bio Edge: The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a scathing analysis of the effect of assisted suicide laws in the United States on people with disabilities. It finds that safeguards are ineffective and that there is little oversight of abuses and mistakes. In eight states and the District of Columbia it is legal for doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients diagnosed with terminal illness and with a prognosis of six months or less to live, if certain...

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