Vowing to appeal, Heidi Krauter says “the fight is not over”
A woman who challenged the United Kingdom’s abortion law, which allows parents to terminate pregnancies where there is a serious fetal abnormality until birth, has lost her case.
Speaking to Sky News ahead of the ruling, Heidi Krauter said she would appeal the decision if it lost in the High Court and continued to demand an end to the “downright discriminatory” abortion laws.
Crouter, who married last year, said: “I don’t like having to justify my existence, it makes me feel like I’m not as valuable as anyone else. It makes me feel like I shouldn’t be here.”
In England, Scotland and Wales abortion can happen in the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. They must be approved by two doctors, who agree that having a child will pose a greater risk to the woman’s physical or mental health than termination.
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After 24 weeks, a woman may have a miscarriage if she is at risk of serious physical and mental injury, or if the fetus has a disability, including Down syndrome.
At the beginning of the judgment of two senior judges, he wrote: “The issues that have given rise to this claim are extremely sensitive and at times controversial.
“They generate strong feelings on all sides of the debate, including serious differences regarding moral and religious matters.
“This court cannot enter into those disputes, it must decide the matter in accordance with the law.”
Krauter said she was “really upset” by the decision, but added: “I will keep fighting.”
Speaking with her husband James Carter, she said: “I’m really upset not to win, but the fight isn’t over.
“The judges can’t think it discriminates against me, the government can’t think it discriminates against me, but I’m telling you I feel discriminated against and that doesn’t change the verdict.” How do thousands of people in the syndrome community feel.
“We face discrimination every day in schools, in the workplace and in society. Thanks to the verdict, the judges have upheld discrimination even in the womb.
“It’s a very sad day but I will keep fighting.”
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Joint legal action was also brought by Maire Lee-Wilson, the mother of a child with Down syndrome.
Lee-Wilson said: “I am a mother, and I love and value my two boys equally.
“Today’s High Court ruling effectively says that my two sons are not seen as equal in the eyes of the law and I am incredibly sad and disappointed that the court has held the values and values of people with Down syndrome like my son.” Decided not to recognize. Aidan.
“People with Down syndrome face discrimination in all aspects of life, as the COVID pandemic really highlights its dangerous and deadly consequences.
“This decision condemns discrimination by reinforcing the belief in society that their lives are not as valuable as the lives of people with disabilities.”
However, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) said that women should have the right to “make difficult decisions in heartbreaking situations”.
BPAS chief executive, Claire Murphy, said changes to the law would “force women with multiple anomalies to continue pregnancies and give birth where the chances of survival are unclear or unknown”.
She said the distinction between a malignant and non-fatal fetal abnormality “is not a clear white line” and that women should be able to make “difficult decisions” in terms of significant medical complications.
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Murphy said the current law gives women time to understand the implications of the diagnosis, and not feel rushed to make a decision.
“Conditions that are diagnosed later in pregnancy can be incredibly complex and very difficult for women and their partners,” she said. “Women are the ones who are best placed in these circumstances to find out what’s right for them in terms of their own lives.”
She added that women’s right to terminate pregnancy “should be seen as separate” for a society that promotes equal rights for people with disabilities.
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