Woman with Down's loses abortion law discrimination fight


A woman with Down's syndrome has lost her High Court challenge over a law that allows abortion up to birth for a foetus with the condition, reports BBC News.


Heidi Crowter, 26, from Coventry, brought the case against the Government in July, saying the legislation did not respect her life.


Her legal team had argued the rules were unlawfully discriminatory.


But the government maintained there was no evidence the law discriminated against Down's.


As two senior judges dismissed the case, Ms Crowter said she would seek to appeal against the judgement, adding "the fight is not over".


Under current legislation for England, Wales and Scotland, there is a 24-week time limit for abortion, unless "there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped", which includes Down's syndrome.


The judges found that section of the Abortion Act was not unlawful, and it aimed to strike a balance between the rights of the unborn child and of women.


Ms Crowter, who is married and campaigns under her maiden name, said: "We face discrimination every day in schools, in the work place and in society.


“And now thanks to this verdict the judges have upheld discrimination in the womb too."

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