Court of Appeal will hear challenge to discriminatory Down’s abortion law

The Court of Appeal will hear a legal challenge to a law allowing babies with Down’s syndrome to be aborted up to birth.

Heidi Crowter and fellow campaigner Máire Lea-Wilson argue that Britain’s abortion law is discriminatory.

The High Court rejected the case in September last year, saying it was a matter for Parliament. But yesterday, Court of Appeal judges gave permission for the case to be heard again.

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Under current legislation, abortion is permitted up to 24 weeks for most reasons but is available at full-term for children deemed to have a disability – including Down’s syndrome.

Responding to the Court’s announcement, Heidi’s husband James gave thanks to God for the good news.

Speaking to the Institute’s Ciarán Kelly ahead of Tuesday’s hearing, Heidi and her mum Liz highlighted some of the challenges they face in their work to protect unborn babies with Down’s syndrome.

Heidi also testified to the tremendous support received from family and fellow campaigners. She admitted: “Yes it’s hard, but we’re going to carry on, aren’t we? We’re going to keep on fighting”.

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