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My Feral Heart: finally, a positive portrayal of Down’s syndrome

“We’re not so different, you and me” is the theme of My Feral Heart, a poignant British independent film about a young man with Down’s syndrome. Though filmed in a grey and overcast English village and a grey and overcast and damp English countryside and […]

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Lord Shinkwin’s Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill

In May 2016, Lord Shinkwin, brought his Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill to the House of Lords. Lord Shinkwin, who himself has osteogenesis imperfecta, has been a life peer since 2015 and prior to this spent a number of years in the voluntary sector, working for […]

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Social Care Crisis: time for a modern ‘reformation of manners’

It seems that the world has made some broad progress on health in the last fifteen years, according to a new index that The Lancet has published.  This SDG Heath Index promises to increase the level of detail and consistency in how data is collected […]

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Is Professor Basky Thilaganathan deliberately misleading parliament over the results of NIPT for Down’s syndrome?

Here’s a new story involving disabled people, taxpayers’ money, apparent scientific deception, a biotechnology company looking for profits and the NHS. The NHS is close to introducing a new test for pregnant women that will make it much easier to detect and search out any […]

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Mother permitted to give birth to her dead daughter’s child

Following a Court of Appeal battle a 60-year-old woman has been granted permission to take her dead daughter’s frozen eggs to a US fertility treatment clinic, to fertilise them with donor sperm and then (assuming success) to carry the embryos and (she hopes) give birth […]