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PM announces birth of son whose ultrasound scan helped him get through coronavirus

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning.

Both mother and baby are doing very well, their spokesperson has said.

They added: “The prime minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well.

“The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.”

Johnson only returned to work Monday after spending a week in hospital, including three nights in intensive care, suffering from coronavirus.

Earlier this month, it was revealed his recovery from the illness was aided by seeing ultrasound scans of his unborn son.

His concerned fiancé sent Johnson daily letters and scans of their unborn baby to lift his morale while he was in intensive care.

A Downing Street source had told the Sun at the time: “It’s been a very, very worrying time for Carrie. She has been urging Boris to get well for their unborn child.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock posted on Twitter: “So thrilled for Boris and Carrie. Wonderful to have a moment of unalloyed joy!”

And Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “Wonderful news. Many congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds.” 

Boris Johnson’s position on life issues is largely unclear. Since becoming an MP in 2001, Johnson has abstained from the majority of votes on life issues. 

However, in 2015 he was among 330 MPs who roundly defeated a Bill seeking to introduce assisted suicide in the UK.

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In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

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