Abortion: Congenital Abnormalities

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd September 2020.

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Photo of Carla Lockhart Carla Lockhart DUP, Upper Bann

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of allowing abortion after 24 weeks following the diagnosis of cleft lip, cleft palate, or clubfoot on how people with those conditions are treated in society.

Photo of Carla Lockhart Carla Lockhart DUP, Upper Bann

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that the societal contribution of people with cleft lip, cleft palate, or clubfoot are recognised.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

No such assessment has been made by the Department. However, the Government wants all children to lead happy and healthy lives to reach their full potential and is committed to improving everyone’s health. The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.

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