Melanie McDonagh: I fear that Labour’s abortion law plans could lead us to a very dark place

Amid all the eye-catching largesse of Labour’s manifesto — free broadband for all, the council house-building programme, and renationalisations — its radical proposals on abortion seem to have slipped through unnoticed.

However, it is vital we examine the party’s declaration that ‘we will uphold women’s reproductive rights and decriminalise abortions’. Decriminalising abortion would mean you could have one for any reason; you wouldn’t even be asked why you wanted it.

Right To Life campaigners say the plan has the potential to allow unlimited abortions right up to birth, well beyond the present 24-week limit, which is already around twice the average time limit on abortions in Europe.

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Parents of kids with Down’s syndrome are the lucky few

This week a mother successfully sued the NHS in the high court for failing to identify that her baby had Down’s syndrome. Ms Mordel said it would have been better if her baby did not exist than ‘suffer as disabled people suffer’, so had the Down’s syndrome been confirmed, she would have terminated her child.

My eldest son, Olly, has the same genetic make-up as the child at the centre of this case, yet everything about it feels alien to me.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/11/parents-of-kids-with-downs-syndrome-are-the-lucky-few-10899915/