Jay Beatty, an 11-year-old Celtic fan who won Scottish football’s goal of the month award after a landslide online vote February 20, 2015. Jay, who has Down’s Syndrome, recorded 97% of the vote in the Scottish Professional Football League’s (SPFL) competition for January. He netted a penalty in a half time competition during Celtic’s 2-0 win against Hamilton on January 17 after being invited to the game as a guest of the Lanarkshire club.
Any yet Eugenics mission creeps on:
The 1967 Abortion Act allowed abortions up to 28 weeks. Antenatal screening, which can detect anomalies in the foetus, has been used for over 50 years in the UK. Antenatal Screening was offered to women over 35, in order to allow the detection of Down Syndrome. Medics believed that only older women conceived babies with Down Syndrome.
However, as they gathered statistics over the years they realised that they had been mistaken and that Women of any age can conceive babies with DS. So, Antenatal screening was extended to all women. This is a very expensive way to detect the few babies conceived annually in Scotland (and who bring joy to their families and communities).
Less than 100 babies with DS are conceived in Scotland annually.
In 1990 the abortion limit was reduced to 24 weeks. However – In 1990 Abortion up to birth was introduced for unborn babies found to have ‘serious handicap’
Routine foetal anomalies scans have now been introduced for ALL pregnant women in a Scotland.
‘Serious handicap’ has never been properly defined.
Medical guidance for staff carrying out foetal anomaly scans has no reference to the 1967 Abortion Act.
About 90% of women in the UK who are told it is likely they are carrying a baby with Down Syndrome abort their baby. The information they are given is generally biased in favour of ending the pregnancy. Many couples report feeling coerced into ending the pregnancy. Those that chose life for their baby are often the target of abuse later on. They are told their ‘choice’ was selfish and puts a burden on society.
It is hard to believe this is happening in Scotland but it is. Women are regularly told at a vulnerable time that their baby ‘is not compatible with life’. Yet the lives people with down syndrome and their families can be expected to live now are rewarding, loving and have overcome the stereotypes of the past. Stereotypes that were the result of institutionalisation, not down syndrome itself. Jay Beatty is an excellent example of this as all children are.
We want better than this.
Every child has a right to life.
Information is power
So what next?
Sometimes it is hard to know what to do. Becoming informed is a great idea. Visit Saving Down Syndrome facebook page for excellent stories. Keep visiting SPUC Scotland for information. At SPUC Scotland we are looking for stories on Prolife and your experiences.
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