Christian campaigner vows to continue Down’s Syndrome abortion fight despite High Court ruling

Sep 27, 2021 by

by Cara Bentley, Premier:

‘When Wilberforce wanted to stop slavery, he didn’t give up’.

Heidi Crowther, the Christian campaigner who is seeking to change the law on abortion in cases of Down’s Syndrome and other non-fatal disabilities, has said that she will not give up her fight, just like the Christian anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce.

Ms Crowther, who has Down’s Syndrome (DS), has said that she and Máire Lea-Wilson, the mother of a child with DS, will take the case to the Court of Appeal.

The High Court ruled on Thursday that a termination could still legally take place up until birth in cases of severe disability, including Down’s Syndrome. They concluded that it was a matter for parliament.

Lord Justice Singh and Mrs Justice Lieven acknowledged, having heard evidence, that many parents would “positively wish to have a child” with whatever conditions they were born with.

However, the judges added that not every family would have the same response and that the ability to provide for a disabled child would “vary significantly”.

They added that although scientific developments had improved, some conditions would only be found late in a pregnancy, after 24 weeks.

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