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Christian advocacy group applauds new Bill that bans abortion for minor disabilities

by Tola Mbakwe
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A Christian public policy group has welcomed a new Bill which wants to stop abortion up to birth for conditions like clubfoot or cleft lips. 

CARE said there was "obvious discrimination" with the current laws.

"The 1967 Abortion Act was amended in 1990 to allow for abortion up to birth in cases of 'serious disability'," said CARE's spokesman James Mildred.

"Tragically, this has been interpreted to include treatable conditions like a clubfoot and cleft lip or palete. 

"This new bill rightly aims to address this obvious discrimination and bring clarity to the current laws.

"Since the 1990 change, societal attitudes towards those with disabilities have significantly improved and this is reflected in legislation like the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act."

According to The Sun, the Bill is being brought forward by Christian Conservative MP Fiona Bruce.

Her son was born with a clubfoot, which was corrected by surgery and physiotherapy.

According to the newspaper, she said it's time parliament reviewed laws on abortion for disability. 

"Being born with this condition has not held my son back, rather the opposite. It has given him a depth of understanding about the value of every human life.

"Now in his mid-20s, he lives life to the full and no one would ever know, apart from the most experienced clinician in this field. It is hard to think that such a treatable disability could have deprived my son of life.

Bruce added: "This is a sensible law change that I am inviting all MPs, regardless of where they stand on the wider issue of abortion, to get behind and support.
"It has now been 30 years since Parliament properly reviewed our law on abortion for disability."

The bill will get its first reading in Parliament on 3rd June. It has the backing of 12 MPs so far.

If it becomes law, a minor defect cannot be the only reason why a mother can terminate a pregnancy up to birth. 

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