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Aborting disabled babies is offensive, government-driven and getting worse

18 July 2013

2,692 unborn babies were aborted last year because of suspected disabilities

Aborting disabled babies is offensive and government-driven and getting worse, says SPUC. SPUC made the comments in an analysis of the latest official statistics for abortions in 2012.

Anthony McCarthy, SPUC's education manager, commented: "It is tragic that, largely unremarked, the latest DoH abortion statistics show that Ground E abortions for suspected handicap in the foetus were 2,692 this year, as opposed to 2,307 in 2011, an increase of nearly 300.

"Late abortions (post-24 weeks) have risen from 146 to 160, and that 99 of these took place after 26 weeks. Nearly all of these will have been for disability, at least according to the law ... the double-standard between post-birth care for the disabled and the NHS-funded elimination of the disabled before birth continues apace." [SPUC, 18 July]

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