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lack of complaint about abortion of unborn children with Down syndrome

In the UK, pregnant women can have an abortion up to the 24th week of pregnancy. However, abortion is possible until birth in the case of a serious disability.

On Friday, November 25, the British judge rejected the appeal of a woman who challenges the right to abortion possible until birth, where the unborn child has Down syndrome.

Heidi Crowter, 27 and herself with Down syndrome, had sued the Department of Health in the hope that this part of the UK’s abortion law would be withdrawn as it considered it a “inequality“.

Abortion possible until birth in case of disability

In England, Wales and Scotland, pregnant women can have an abortion up to the 24th week of pregnancy. However, abortion is possible until birth in the case of “significant risk, if the child is born, that it will suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities that it will be seriously disabled“, a definition that includes trisomy 21.

Heidi Crowter lost at first instance last year and judges said the legislation aims to strike a balance between the rights of the unborn and women.

In July during the appeal, Heidi Crowter’s lawyer, Jason Coppel, told the court that this exception for babies with this type of disability feeds the idea that these people “do not deserve to live and that their lives are worth less than those of able-bodied people“.

The court recognizes that many people with Down syndrome or other disabilities may be upset or offended that the diagnosis of severe functional impairment during pregnancy is a legal basis for terminating (the pregnancy) and may believe that this implies that their own lives have less value“, the judges said on Friday.”But to believe that this is what the law implies is not in itself sufficient.to justify this appeal, they believed.

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“I will continue to fight”

After the verdict, Heidi Crowter told reporters that she was considering whether to take the case to the Supreme Court. “I keep fighting“, she responded, explaining that this new sentence gave her “does not feel as valuable as someone without Down syndrome“.

When we started this lawsuit, few people knew the law, but today many, many people know it thanks to us“, she welcomed. A syndrome characterized by serious problems in physical and mental development, trisomy 21 is caused by the presence of a third chromosome 21.

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