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Due to underreporting, these figures are likely significantly higher.
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate:
75 babies with either cleft lip or cleft palate as their principal condition were aborted between 2011 and 2018. The figures are likely to be much higher – for example a 2013 review by Eurocat showed 157 babies with cleft lip and palate were aborted in England and Wales between 2006 and 2010. However, the Department of Health & Social Care (DoHSC) recorded only 14 such abortions.
Cleft Lip + Cleft Palate
Cleft lip/cleft palate is defined by the NHS as “a gap or split in the upper lip and/or roof of the mouth (palate). It is present from birth.”
According to the NHS, clubfoot (also called talipes) is a condition where one or both feet point(s) down and inwards with the sole of the foot facing backwards.
Polling from SavantaComRes shows also that only one in three people think it is acceptable to ban abortion for gender or race but allow it for disability. The support for allowing disability-selective abortion for conditions such as club foot, cleft lip and cleft palate is likely even lower.
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