Down syndrome: Britain calls for abortion law that equates affected and healthy fetuses

  • Veronika Smink
  • BBC

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Heidi Crotter believes that the current abortion law in Britain violates the rights of people with disabilities such as those with Down syndrome

In the United Kingdom, abortion is permitted up to the 24th week of pregnancy. But if the fetus has Down syndrome, the woman can choose to have an abortion at any time during the pregnancy until the moment of delivery.

But for Heidi Crotter, this law discriminates against people with the syndrome and represents a violation of their right to life.

“The law should be the same for everyone,” she told the BBC.

Heidi has launched a campaign to urge the country’s courts to change this provision of the abortion law, which dates back to 1967.

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