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Arlene Foster: Aborting Down’s syndrome babies akin to eugenics

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Advocates of aborting babies with Down’s syndrome are entering the realm of eugenics, DUP leader Arlene Foster has said.

Eugenics was championed by the Nazis and involves breeding people with desirable hereditary traits.

Mrs Foster’s unionist party in Northern Ireland is opposed to terminations and has proposed a new law to prevent them being carried out in cases of non-fatal disabilities.

Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O’Neill said the DUP is attempting to roll back legislation liberalising the country’s abortion laws.

We are entering into the realm of eugenics, and you can deny that all you like but we are on a very slippery slope

Mrs Foster told the Stormont Assembly: “No one’s life is less valuable and this standard should apply to lives inside and outside the womb.

“We are entering into the realm of eugenics, and you can deny that all you like but we are on a very slippery slope.

“Everyone should be very careful about that, because it is Down’s syndrome and non-fatal disability today – what is it in 10 years’ time that we are deciding is appropriate for abortion?”

Sinn Fein will this week ask Stormont ministers to commission abortion services two years after legislation enabling the procedure was passed at Westminster while devolution was suspended.

Ms O’Neill said: “This is the thin end of the wedge and attempting to reopen a debate that has already been had around women’s healthcare provision.

“I am here to give a voice to those women who find themselves in incredibly difficult and very vulnerable circumstances.”

Ms O’Neill addressed the assembly in her role as a senior member of her party rather than deputy First Minister in a devolved five-party powersharing administration which is divided on the issue.

It is a human right to have compassionate healthcare and should be the focus of what this assembly is concerned about

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