‘Rethink abortion post-Paralympics’19 September 2012
Leading pro-life activists are urging the public to challenge "discriminatory" abortion legislation that they say contradicts the legacy of the Paralympic Games.
In a letter published in The Daily Telegraph today, nine campaigners, including the chairman of the charity Life, Professor Jack Scarisbrick, and the chief executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship, Dr Peter Saunders, called on the Government to scrap legislation that permits the abortion of disabled children.
The Abortion Act of 1967 allows abortion "at any time" if there is a significant risk of the baby being born seriously disabled, although it is rarely permitted after 24 weeks.
The signatories say that abortion on the grounds of disability amounts to "killing people with disabilities" and that diagnosed disability was currently "a prenatal death sentence".
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