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Guildford woman campaigns against abortion of Down's Syndrome babies

Downs Syndrome

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:01am 2nd February 2016. (Updated at 4:12pm 2nd February 2016)

A Guildford woman is urging people to sign a petition against aborting babies with Down's Syndrome later in pregnancy.

Sarah Roberts, is a mum of three, and her son Oscar, who's now three and a half has the condition. 

She says the petition is to give a baby with Down's Syndrome the same rights as any other child who's in the womb. 

The law currently allows mothers to make that decision up to 40 weeks into pregnancy.

Sarah said: "I think it's going to be a benefit to Alfie (two years old) and Flo (6 months old), to have Oscar in their lives.

"A lot of the children we hang around with are, typical children. They don't necessarily notice any differences yet but I'm sure as time goes on they will. But I think it's going to be a benefit to them to have Oscar in their lives, and enrich it."

Last month it was announced pregnant women would get a more accurate test for the condition on the NHS.

The test analyses tiny fragments of the baby's DNA that end up in the mother's blood, to look for abnormalities.

Sarah writes a blog 'Don't be sorry' and told Eagle the reason for the campaign.

She said: "The people who are delivering the news are negative. The first thing someone said to be was 'I'm sorry, we suspect your baby has Down's Syndrome. And to me, that message, just made me panic.

"If the medical professionals that were delivering the news, the consultants, the midwives, everybody got on board, and we could change the perception. If they weren't so fearful, then I think as a country we wouldn't be so fearful."  

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