Disability Right UK have joined a range of disability rights organisations, including Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales, in today releasing a report that they have submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities after extensive consultation with disabled people.
They have made some very important comments around current disability abortion legislation in the report:
Current abortion law allows the termination of disabled foetuses up until birth, whilst non-disabled foetuses can only be terminated up until 24 weeks. The number of pregnancies terminated on the grounds of disability as a percentage of all terminations has increased by 56% over the past five years. We are concerned that this reflects a culture where disabled babies are less valued and their parents are not given adequate support to prepare and care for a disabled child. This situation needs to be addressed from the principle of equality.
The full report can be viewed here.
The press release accompanying the release of the report is available here.