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05 Nov Press Release: Govt proposal to introduce abortion for Down’s syndrome to NI, likely up to birth, condemned by disability advocacy group

Disability advocacy group Don’t Screen Us Out are calling on the Government to urgently clarify that abortion for Down’s syndrome will not be introduced to Northern Ireland. The Government have released a consultation on proposed abortion regulations for Northern Ireland. The consultation document outlines that abortion...

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16 Jul Press Release: Peer with disability speaks out against Government’s plans to introduce disability-selective abortion to Northern Ireland

The Don’t Screen Us Out campaign, a coalition of Down’s syndrome advocacy groups, have praised a speech made by Lord Shinkwin in the House of Lords last night against the Government’s plans to draft secondary legislation that would introduce abortion for Down’s syndrome to Northern...

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28 May Press Release: Scottish abortion statistics show 48% increase in abortion for Down’s syndrome since 2010 – projections show it is set to worsen

People with Down’s syndrome, their families and advocacy groups are concerned that the Scottish abortion statistics released by NHS Scotland’s ISD today show a 48% increase in abortions for Down’s syndrome since 2010. The statistics show that there were 34 abortions for Down’s syndrome in Scotland...

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30 Jan PRESS RELEASE: DOWN’S SYNDROME ADVOCATES PRAISE INCLUSION OF DISABILITY SUPPORT IN NEW TYNWALD ABORTION BILL, BUT ARE ALARMED AT INTRODUCTION OF ABORTION UP TO BIRTH FOR CONGENITAL CONDITIONS

Down’s syndrome advocacy group Don’t Screen Us Out have given a mixed review of the latest draft of an abortion Bill on the Isle of Man, praising its latest inclusion of information for parents who receive a pregnancy diagnosis of foetal impairment, but equally expressing...

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23 Aug PRESS RELEASE: Down’s syndrome advocacy group fear introduction of abortion up to birth for disabilities on Isle of Man could lead to more children with Down’s syndrome being screened out by termination

Down’s syndrome advocacy group Don’t Screen Us Out are concerned that a proposed abortion Bill on the Isle of Man would worsen eugenic screening against children with Down’s syndrome and other foetal impairments. Whilst the current IoM abortion law already allows for abortion up to 24 weeks...

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13 Jun New abortion statistics release shows abortions for Down’s syndrome up – set to get worse as Government rolls out new screening programme on NHS

People with Down’s syndrome, their families and advocacy groups are concerned that the 2016 abortion statistics released today show an increase in the number of abortions for Down’s syndrome. The statistics show an increase from 689 abortions for Down’s Syndrome in 2015 to 706 in 2016....

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