Máire Lea-Wilson mentioned she felt there was an assumption “that you would want to abort a child with Down’s syndrome” when she was inspired in hospital to abort her son who’s now 11-months-old.
In England, Scotland and Wales, abortions can happen within the first 24 weeks of being pregnant. But ladies may have an abortion after 24 weeks if there’s a extreme foetal abnormality.
Ms Lea-Wilson, who cannot think about life with out her son, Aidan, has joined the Downright Discrimination campaign, calling for unborn youngsters with Down’s Syndrome to have “equal rights”.
Speaking about Aidan, the mum-of-two instructed Sky News: “He’s had some challenges and completed so effectively so we’re simply actually proud of him.
“I’ve two sons and I really like and worth them equally and I believe it simply appears improper that the law would not worth them equally and we wish to change that.”
She added: “The very first thing they wished to speak about [in hospital] was whether or not we wished to terminate the being pregnant, and I used to be 34 weeks pregnant on the time, so it was fairly a tough resolution to get requested.
“It is admittedly robust to assume again on that, I discover it actually tough to assume that Aidan’s life is not seen as precious as his older brother’s, it makes me fear as as to whether he’ll be seen the identical or handled the identical.
“I additionally actually fear that when he’s older if this law continues to be in place, how will that make him really feel: that he’s not as precious, that he would not have equal value?”
Ms Lea-Wilson addressed the Health Secretary in a letter on her weblog as she introduced she was standing with Heidi Crowter for the campaign.
Heidi, 24, from Coventry has Down’s Syndrome and has shared how the law makes her really feel “rejected by society”.
Ann Furedi, chief govt of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, mentioned: “Often (ladies) have already got younger youngsters that they’re attempting to take care of and look after and the addition of a baby that might be profoundly disabled can simply push them to the stage the place they assume that they merely cannot proceed the being pregnant,” she mentioned.
“Often there are monetary issues, typically it could possibly deliver out issues inside the relationship… we have to make choices about being pregnant primarily based on that interior sense of what we will do and our personal conscience.
“It’s not a matter of somebody else making the decision for us and so when a woman thinks that ending the pregnancy is the right thing for her and her family, I really strongly believe that should be her decision to make.”
According to Department of Health and Social Care statistics, there have been round 200,000 abortions in England and Wales in 2018, with 9 out of 10 carried out beneath 13 weeks of being pregnant.
Under the law all abortions have to be permitted by two medical doctors, and are permitted as much as 24 weeks whether it is judged that having the baby would pose a higher threat to the bodily or psychological well being of a girl than if she had an abortion.
In 2018, there have been 289 abortions the place gestation was 24 weeks or longer.
Down’s syndrome is triggered when a baby inherits an additional copy of the 21 chromosome from its dad and mom, that means it has 47 chromosomes as a substitute of the standard 46.
The situation, which might take various kinds, causes studying difficulties and well being issues, however individuals can stay energetic and unbiased lives.
The fetal abnormality justification for abortions at any gestation, generally known as “Ground E” noticed 3,269 terminations made beneath it in 2018.
Congenital malformations have been the primary medical situation for almost half of these, with Down’s Syndrome the commonest chromosomal abnormality, accounting for 618 instances.
A screening for Down’s syndrome is obtainable from between 10 and 14 weeks of being pregnant, with counselling out there to assist individuals to make knowledgeable decisions if abnormalities are detected.
Legal papers might be lodged with the High Court subsequent week and a choose will then resolve if Heidi and Ms Lea-Wilson’s case can proceed to trial.