The biggest cut back in abortion in nearly half a century will be debated in the House of Lords on Friday.
Lord Shinkwin's Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill would remove two major clauses of the original Abortion Act 1967 and in doing so be the largest claw back of abortion provision in the UK since it was first legalised.
Lord Shinkwin is a lifelong campaigner for disability equality. A conservative life peer, he used to 2015 Queen's Speech debate to introduce the bill saying "one-nation society is one that does not discriminate on account of disabilityâ€”a society in which disability equality is a consistent reality."
He added that "unbelievably" before birth "disability carries a death sentence". Referring to the 1967 Abortion Act which allows terminations on the grounds of disability he said: "Discrimination on the grounds of disability after birth is outlawed. Yet today legal and lethal ...