A new investigation by the British government has found that hundreds of Down’s Syndrome babies aborted by British clinics have disappeared from records, supposedly due to poor administration.
The investigation found that British clinic doctors have broken the law by not keeping proper records. Perhaps as many as half the aborted Down’s Syndrome babies were not properly recorded.
Saying that “the bulk of terminations” in Britain occur to eliminate Down’s Syndrome babies, The Daily Mail goes on to report abortions are being misidentified as “social abortions.”
The Mail reports that, “The investigation, published on the Department of Health website, shows that in 2012 a total of 994 babies were aborted for Down’s Syndrome, according to the independent National Down’s Syndrome Cytogenetic Register.”
But the investigation found that the department of Health only recorded 496 cases, “meaning that 498 cases were classed as missing.”
The reason this is known is that Down’s Syndrome pregnancies are reported separately to the government and government officials have correlated the reporting.
Under the Abortion Act, termination of a baby with Down’s Syndrome is legal right up to the point of delivery. Such terminations are hugely controversial because due to medical advances, children with Down’s can now expect to live until their fifties and sixties. Tory MP Fiona Bruce, chairman of the recent independent parliamentary inquiry into abortion for disability, said it was clear doctors had broken the law.
The paper goes on to report that the Department of Health has made no effort to make sure that this law is enforced.
“We now know that nearly half of abortions for Down’s Syndrome were incorrectly recorded. How many doctors were referred for investigation? None,” MP Bruce said.
“It was horrifying to read that 11 Down’s Syndrome abortions post 24 weeks do not even appear in the official dataset,” Professor Joan Morris, director of the NDSCR, said.
Critics of aborting babies with Down’s Syndrome charge that such abortions are only a matter of convenience, not necessity.
“The abortion isn’t for the sake of the child; it’s for the sake of the parent. They don’t want an inconvenient child, a baby who may require them to work a little harder than they planned,” Casey Fiano of Life Site News wrote in October of 2013.
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