Thank God for Sally Phillips: at last a celebrity is standing up for children with Down’s syndrome

Sally Phillips Down's syndrome

07 May Thank God for Sally Phillips: at last a celebrity is standing up for children with Down’s syndrome

A new screening could eliminate children with Down’s syndrome – but few people want to talk about it.

The question women least expect to hear when they have just given birth to a baby is: “And will you be taking her home?” But that’s what someone close to me was asked when she gave birth to a child with Down’s syndrome almost 25 years ago.

Attitudes have changed since then and not for the better. As Dennis Sewell writes this week, the Government is on the brink of a decision regarding whether to allow new screening technology for babies in the womb, which campaigners fear will lead to more abortions of babies with Down’s syndrome.

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