Wife with Down’s Syndrome loses appeal to stop abortions on unborn babies with condition

A woman with Down Syndrome has lost a Court of Appeal challenge over legislation that allows the abortion of babies with the condition up until birth. Heidi Crowter, 27, from Coventry, brought legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care in the hope of removing a section of the Abortion Act she believes to be an “instance of inequality”. 

In UK law, abortions can be enacted up until 24 weeks, but for babies who have evidence of a disability, including Down’s Syndrome, cleft palate, or a club foot, it’s legal to abort the baby up until birth.