No equality rights in womb
11:52am Friday 22nd March 2013 in Letters
READING the article (South Wales Argus March 18) about Down’s Syndrome Awareness week by Kate Powell (who has Down’s herself) and the work she puts in as editor of a magazine for people with Down’s, made me realise what a wonderful inspiration she is to people with Downs Syndrome, and other like her, who live a full life regardless of their disability. The sad thing about our society is that disabled people are discriminated against, as the Disability Rights Commission noted some years ago. It stated: “the 1967 Abortion Act is offensive to many people, it reinforces negative stereotypes of disability, when babies are aborted despite not carrying serious disabilities.”
The principle that people should not be discriminated against is held dear by many in our society and has been enshrined in law in various ways. The womb is one of the few places where disabled people are yet to achieve equality. One of the others, of course, is the IVF laboratory, where embryos that carry certain medical conditions are routinely discarded or destroyed.
Norman Plaisted Vivian Road Newport