A significant number of Irish women are having very late abortions in the UK because their child will suffer some form of disability, the Irish Independent has learnt.They are having the abortions after the normal legal limit of 24 weeks into their pregnancy under a special exemption, health authorities confirmed.
A British parliament inquiry next week will learn that 27 women from the Republic had these late abortions in 2010 and 2011 on the grounds that the foetus they were carrying was at risk of physical or mental disability.
Late abortions for 27 Irish women on disability grounds - Independent.ie
A little-known section of the 1967 abortion legislation allows for 24 weeks limit to be set aside and the baby can be terminated "up to birth" if tests indicate the child will have a disability.
What is the opinion of politics.ie posters on whether a disability should be grounds for late term abortions?
Also for those who favour allowing abortions specifically due to the baby being disabled, which disabilities should be grounds for an abortion up to birth?