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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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Beginning of Life issues in 2017: what will we be talking about this year?

2017 will be another busy and challenging year on beginning of life issues Abortion October 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. Throughout the year this significant anniversary will generate media publicity, events, stories from women and will fire up campaigns by […]

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Why have we become so scared of disability?

When I went to see the midwife at 36 weeks of pregnancy, I did not expect to find myself leaving in the back of an ambulance. My BP was 200/115 and there were 4 pluses of protein in my urine. My non-medical husband was bewildered […]

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What is the true cost of ‘wrongful births’?

A tiny article in a free Metro newspaper last week caught my attention: ‘Wrongful birth bill hits £56.1 million. Hospitals have paid out more than £10 million a year in compensation to mothers who had a disabled baby without being offered the chance to have […]