The British Court of Appeal has ruled this Friday in favor of allowing abortion of fetuses with Down syndrome until the moment of birth. In this sense, she has decided reject an appeal submitted by a woman suffering from the genetic disorder and a mother of a child who also suffers from it.
Heidi Crowtera 27-year-old woman from Coventry, who has Down syndrome, and Marie Lea-Wilsonmother of a child, Aidan, who also suffers from this condition, filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Health and Social Care with the intention of eliminating a section contemplated in the Abortion Law.
“I am very upset that babies with Down syndrome can be aborted right up to the moment of birth. This tells me that I am not valued and that I am worth much less than a person without Down syndrome. I’m angry because the judges say my feelings don’t matter,” she said. Heidi Crowter to English newspaper Guardian.
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In England, Welsh Y Scotland the law allows abortion as long as it is done within the first 24 weeks of the gestation period, however, the law also allows abortion up to the time of birth when there is a “substantial risk.” Among the risks cited by the law, it is included that you suffer from Down syndrome.
UK magistrates had pledged to seek a “balance” between the rights of the unborn and those of women. This specific case was considered in a court hearing held last July. As determined this Friday by the magistrates of the Court of Appeals, the legislation does not interfere with the rights of the “disabled who are alive,” reports efe.
“This court recognizes that many people with Down syndrome and other disabilities they will be upset and offended by the fact that this diagnosis of serious disability during pregnancy is contemplated by law as a justification for abortion, and that they could consider it as implying that their own lives are worth less,” the magistrates qualified.
Last July, the lawyer Jason Coppellwhich represented Crowter and Lea-Wilson, found that the language used in that law was considered by some to be “offensive and unacceptable.”
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The woman, who does not rule out raising her case to the Supreme Court -the country’s highest judicial instance- assured that she will continue to “fight” for this cause, considering that she has already managed to “inform and change hearts and minds and changed people’s opinions about the law.”
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