At the Foundation, our vision extends beyond research and into the heart of societal equality. We are at a critical juncture where your support can make a monumental difference. The new proposed NC34 amendment seeks to challenge and change how our laws differentiate between fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome and those without after 24 weeks of gestation.

The Issue at Hand

Under current UK abortion law, the rights of a foetus without a disability are protected beyond 24 weeks of gestation. However, a foetus diagnosed with Down syndrome can be legally aborted up to birth. This distinction not only undermines the value of those with Down syndrome but perpetuates outdated stereotypes and discrimination.

The NC34 Amendment

The NC34 amendment, proposed by Sir Liam Fox MP, aims to rectify this inequality by ensuring that foetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome are afforded the same protections as their peers beyond 24 weeks. This amendment is a vital step toward equality and reflects our values as a society that respects and upholds the rights of all individuals, regardless of their genetic conditions.

Why It Matters

Supporting the NC34 amendment is not just about changing a law; it’s about affirming the inherent dignity and worth of every individual with Down syndrome. It challenges misconceptions and combats the stigma that has long surrounded this community. It aligns with our commitment at the Foundation to advocate for the human rights of people with Down syndrome and their families.

A Call to Action

We urge you to join us in this crucial campaign. Reach out to your MP and express your support for the NC34 amendment. Advocate for #EqualityAt24 weeks to ensure that our laws reflect our principles of fairness and equality.

Your voice can drive change and encourage lawmakers to stand on the right side of history.

Conclusion

The passage of the NC34 amendment would mark a significant milestone in our ongoing fight for the rights and recognition of individuals with Down syndrome. Together, we can ensure that future generations will look back on this decision as a pivotal moment when equality was rightfully extended to all.

Join the Conversation and Act Now:

Now that our MPs are back in Parliament for the new session can we ask you to copy the text below and paste on your Social Media pages at 7pm tonight to get their attention about this important issue?

I support the #EqualityAt24 campaign – Dr Liam Fox MP’s #NC34 amendment which attempts to address an outdated and discriminatory practice associated with Down syndrome. If successful, it would mean that pregnant women will no longer be offered abortions after 24 weeks or later stages of pregnancy purely on the basis that the baby has Down syndrome.

Engage with us on social media, share our message, and encourage others to act. Visit our website to learn more about the NC34 amendment and how you can make your voice heard in this vital cause. Your support and activism are crucial in helping us bring about transformative change.

 

More details:

ndspg.org/equalityat24/

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