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Revealed: The thousands of pregnancies aborted for ‘abnormalities’ including cleft palates and Down’s syndrome
UK Daily Mail
July 5, 2011
Thousands of pregnancies were aborted last year for ‘abnormalities’ including 500 for Down’s syndrome, new figures reveal.
In total, there were 2,290 abortions for medical problems with the foetus, with 147 performed after 24 weeks.
The statistics for 2010 in England and Wales were released after the Department of Health yielded to a Freedom of Information Request from the Pro Life Alliance, following a five-year legal battle.
It is the first time in nearly a decade that the Government has released data on abortions performed on the grounds of disability.
Julia Millington, spokeswoman for the ProLife Alliance, said: ‘This is a great victory for transparency and freedom of speech and we are delighted that full information about the justification for late abortions is now being made available in the same detail as it was in 2001.’
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