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Down syndrome

‘I don’t want a baby like that’

The Sunday Times this weekend reported that ‘the number of babies born with Down’s syndrome has fallen by 30% in NHS hospitals that have introduced a new form of screening.’ This new test, NIPT (non- invasive prenatal testing), is safer than amniocentesis, but Down syndrome […]

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Human dignity – a perspective from disability

‘In a hyper-competitive culture in which even baking a cake is a fight almost to the death… what does it mean to live a fulfilled life; to be fully human?’ This question was posed by actress and comedienne Sally Phillips in the lecture she gave […]

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Prenatal Screening and Down Syndrome – million-dollar ethics

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, an independent think tank on bioethics, launched their report on the ethical issues of NIPT(non-invasive prenatal testing) in 2017.  NIPT, a new more accurate way of screening for Down syndrome, is part of the genetic testing market, predicted to grow […]

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‘Dear Mr Hunt, listen to the real experts…’

It is not only junior doctors who are trying to get their voices heard by Jeremy Hunt. One young lady last week made an impassioned plea directly to the health minister, on an issue that is arguably more about life and death than is the […]

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International campaign launched asking UN to protect babies with disability from abortion

Disability rights groups have launched a campaign asking The United Nations and other organisations to protect babies with Down syndrome from being aborted. The #StopDiscriminatingDown campaign  is being spearheaded by The Jerome Lejeune Foundation  in France, USA and Spain and Downpride  in the Netherlands and […]