Tory peer fears for disabled babies if Northern Ireland abortion plans go ahead
Lord Shinkwin has told the House of Lords that plans to widen abortion access in Northern Ireland sends the message that babies with disabilities are "better off dead".
During a debate on the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill last week, MPs controversially voted to bring abortion laws in Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK if devolution is not restored by October 21.
At present, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland and terminations are only permitted in the province if a woman's life is at risk or if there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to her mental or physical health. A foetal abnormality is not considered grounds for an abortion....
Lord Shinkwin is himself disabled, and I think he is a wheelchair user. Other peers also generally are older people and have a variety of disabilities.
Lord Shinkwin and other disabled peers, in the House of Lords, but also some elected members of the House of Commons that successfully fought against a controversial euthanasia bill, a couple of years ago which was defeated.