Court Rejects Protection for Downs Babies

The killing of handicapped babies was one of the actions of Hitler's Germany that was widely criticised by decent people in Britain and other Christian countries in the run-up to World War Two. But now Britain is doing exactly the same - and the courts say that's just fine. The U.K. Court of Appeal has ruled against a woman with Down syndrome’s petition to have legislation repealed that allows unborn children suffering from disabilities to be aborted up until the moment of birth.

“The court recognises that many people with Down’s syndrome and other disabilities will be upset and offended by the fact that a diagnosis of serious disability during pregnancy is treated by the law as a justification for termination, and that they may regard it as implying that their own lives are of lesser value,” reads the recent court decision written by Lord Justice Underhill, Lady Justice Thirlwall, and Lord Justice Peter Jackson.

“But it holds that a perception that that is what the law implies is not by itself enough to give rise to an interference with Article 8 rights (to private and family life, enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights),” added the court.

Reacting to the summary judgement, the challenger of the law, 27-year-old Heidi Crowter (pictured above) who herself has Down syndrome, told reporters outside the London courthouse: “I am very upset not to win again, but I will keep on fighting because we have already informed and changed hearts and minds and changed people’s opinions about the law.”