London, England, Feb 25, 2020 / 14:20 pm
A 24-year-old British woman with Down syndrome has launched a lawsuit against the UK government, seeking to change British laws that allow for babies with Down syndrome to be aborted up until birth.
"At the moment in the UK, babies can be aborted right up to birth if they are considered to be "seriously handicapped." They include me in that definition of being seriously handicapped - just because I have an extra chromosome," Heidi Crowter told journalists this week.
"What it says to me is that my life just isn't as valuable as others, and I don't think that's right. I think it's downright discrimination."
Crowter, along with Cheryl Bilsborrow, the mother of a two-year-old with Down syndrome, have sent a letter to the British secretary of state and are hoping to raise the £20,000 necessary to litigate the case.