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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
France rejects 'right not to be born'
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┬áPro-life campaigners are celebrating the decision by the French government to pass a bill stating that nobody can claim to have been harmed, simply by being born. The ruling comes in the wake of several French court cases in which families of disabled children were told they could sue doctors for not advising abortion. Nuala Scarisbrick, Trustee of LIFE, said: "We have been following this case for some time and are glad that an enlightened conclusion has been reached. To state that a disabled child has a right not to be born has understandably caused great offence to many people, both disabled and able-bodied." "In June 2001 the Disability Rights Commission, a government watchdog, described the UK's abortion laws as incompatible with valuing disability and non-disability equally. How much longer can we continue this current schizophrenia, which offers extra help and support to those already born with special needs, while weeding out those who, with the same special needs, have yet to be born? "There are many parents of disabled children in this country, as in France, who are dismayed by our attitudes towards the unborn. They understand how much training and expertise is involved in detecting foetal abnormalities, but precious little help is available once the child is born. "LIFE's sister charity, the LIFE Hospital Trust, runs Z÷es Place in Liverpool, a home-from-home for babies with multiple special needs aged 0-4 years. Despite the millions spent on abortion each year, Z÷es has been turned down for government assistance repeatedly. "As we celebrate this week the 60th birthday of someone with a genetic defect who, against all odds, became one of the worlds most celebrated physicists, perhaps it is appropriate to re-examine our attitudes towards the disabled. The French have taken a step in the right direction. Let us continue where they have started."
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