Heidi Crowter has a message for everyone who believes late-term abortions on unborn babies with disabilities should remain legal.
“We are not better off dead.”
Crowter, who has Down syndrome herself, speaks truth to a world that masquerades discrimination as compassion, that claims it is better to kill an unborn baby with disabilities than to protect their right to life.
On Tuesday, the British disability rights advocate submitted a petition with 18,000 signatures demanding that Parliament reject legislation allowing unborn babies with disabilities to be aborted up to birth in Northern Ireland, the Coventry Telegraph reports.
Crowter, 24, is leading a campaign to end a discriminatory law that allows abortions through all nine months of pregnancy if the unborn baby has a disability.
“I think the law which allows abortion up to birth for non-fatal disabilities such as mine is downright discrimination in the womb,” she said.
Northern Ireland’s Stormont, its legislative body, recently rejected a law to legalize abortion on demand, but Parliament is imposing the pro-abortion law on Northern Ireland anyway.
Crowter urged MPs to respect the people of Northern Ireland and their desire to protect unborn babies from abortions.
“I’m asking them to respect the vote of Northern Ireland and make sure that it stands, and to allow equality in the womb for every baby,” she said Tuesday. “I want this to happen because I’m someone who has Down’s Syndrome and I feel that the law makes me upset, it makes me feel like I’m better off dead.”
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DUP MP Carla Lockhart, who headed up the petition with Baroness O’Loan, said the Bill is “wrong” both constitutionally and morally.
She said: “The words that ring out in my mind is that it makes Heidi feel like she shouldn’t exist, and that’s just wrong.
“The most basic human right is the right to life and everyone has that right to life.
“If you have a cleft palate, a club foot or Down’s syndrome, you can be aborted. That’s just wrong, so we want to stop that.”
Lockhart reiterated Crowter’s point that the citizens of Northern Ireland do not want extreme abortion laws, and England’s are the most extreme in all of Europe.
The British Abortion Act of 1976 allows abortions for any reason up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. After that point, abortions are allowed if the mother’s health is at serious risk or the unborn baby has a severe fetal anomaly. However, “severe” is widely interpreted, and even unborn babies with minor, correctable conditions like cleft lip are aborted under the law.
Crowter is challenging the pro-abortion act in a lawsuit, arguing that it allows discrimination against people with disabilities.
“At the moment in the UK, babies can be aborted right up to birth if they are considered to be ‘seriously handicapped,’” she said earlier this year. “They include me in that definition of being seriously handicapped — just because I have an extra chromosome.”
Down syndrome discrimination is a problem across the world. Several years ago, a CBS News report shocked the nation with its exposure of the discriminatory trend. According to the report, nearly 100 percent of unborn babies who test positive for Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland. The rate in France was 77 percent in 2015, 90 percent in the UK and 67 percent in the United States.
A number of American states have passed laws to ban discrimination against unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities, but many of the laws are blocked by legal challenges from the abortion industry.