(CNSNews.com) – The United Kingdom’s House of Lords debated – and ultimately moved to committee – a bill Friday that would make it illegal to abort babies diagnosed with a disability past 24 weeks gestation.
Current UK law allows for abortion up to birth for an unborn baby diagnosed with a disability compared with a 24 week limit on abortion for a healthy unborn child.
Lord Kevin Shinkwin, a sufferer of the rare genetic disorder, brittle bone disease, vigorously argued for the necessity of his bill Friday.
“As a disabled person, as a would be prime candidate for abortion on grounds of disability,” Lord Shinkwin said in his speech to the House of Lords, “I would like to say to the eugenicists in the Department of Health and those who obviously fail to appreciate the enormity of what is being perpetrated in our name: How dare you? How dare you wipe us out as mere conditions?”
He added that his message to those who share those views is: “I am your equal. I will not be defined by my disability. I will be defined by who I am, my contribution to your Lordships’ house, and to public service.” Keep reading