We're All Equal - End Disability Discrimination Before Birth

Discrimination Against Disabled People Must End

 

We're All Equal - End Disability Discrimination Before Birth

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We're All Equal - End Disability Discrimination Before Birth

We’re all equal. That’s what the law says, isn’t it?

Discrimination on the grounds of disability was made illegal 20 years ago when Parliament passed the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. But sadly, it’s still happening and it’s explicitly allowed in law.

Legal and lethal discrimination on grounds of disability has been a reality for almost 50 years. And it’s going to stay that way unless people like you help change the law and ensure disability can no longer be given as a reason for termination, right up to birth.

The Abortion Act 1967 specifically lists disability – or ‘handicap’ – as grounds for abortion and, to make the discrimination even more obvious (just in case you missed it), sets a ceiling of 24 weeks for termination if there’s no disability and explicitly removes the ceiling if there is a disability.

Defenders of abortion often insist on choice. But given the presumption apparently widespread in the medical community, that having a child with a disability is a tragedy, this is just empty rhetoric. The immediate response to a prenatal screening test that shows a disability diagnosis is to offer a termination. What sort of choice is this? What sort of choice are the medical community offering? In reality, only one – abortion. And the law permits this… right up to birth

There is a recognised term for this. It’s called disability discrimination or section (1)(1)(d) of the Abortion Act 1967 to be precise.

If you believe we’re all equal, if you believe that abortion on the grounds that the child is a girl is wrong, or that aborting a child because he or she is the “wrong” skin colour is wrong, you should similarly be fighting for against abortion on the grounds of disability of the child.

Lord Shinkwin, a peer with a disability, has now introduced a Bill into the House of Lords that proposes to remove s(1)(1)(d) from the 1967 Abortion Act which allows abortion on the grounds of disability, right up to birth.

In other words, Lord Shinkwin is trying to undo a long standing form of discrimination against disabled people and we should support him.

Please sign this petition to Theresa May asking her to make make the necessary time available for Lord Shinkwin’s Bill so that this crucial social reform can be voted on in the Commons.

http://allequal.org.uk/

http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2016-17/abortiondisabilityequality.html

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/10/isnt-shami-chakrabarti-campaigning-...

http://dontscreenusout.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Abortion-and-Disab...

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We're All Equal - End Disability Discrimination Before Birth

For the Attention of Theresa May PM,

Dear Theresa May PM,

I'm writing as a concerned citizen to ask for your help on an issue that matters a lot to me and I hope to you – equality.

I understand that a severely disabled member of the House of Lords, Lord Shinkwin, has introduced a Private Member's Bill which would end disability discrimination where it starts, before birth. I ask you, as the leader of our Government to make time in the parliamentary calendar for Lord Shinkwin's Bill to complete its Lords stages, so that a Member of Parliament can introduce the Bill in the Commons and take it through the various legislative stages there as well.

Given all the social and medical advances since the relevant legislation was passed, I think it is high time Parliament looked at this prejudiced and outdated law again. Otherwise, as a society, we will carry on living a lie. On the one hand, we celebrate our Paralympians and proudly proclaim that Parliament has made discrimination on the grounds of disability illegal. Yet on the other hand, we have a law which actually allows for termination specifically on grounds of disability, right up to birth, compared with a termination ceiling of 24 weeks if there is no disability. The disability discrimination could not be more obvious. If we substituted sexual orientation or colour of skin for disability as grounds for termination, there would quite rightly be an outcry. Yet for disability, it's apparently ok to be prejudiced. Surely we are all equal.

I ask you once more to make the necessary time available for Lord Shinkwin’s Bill so that this crucial social reform can be voted on in the Commons.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

We're All Equal - End Disability Discrimination Before Birth

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