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Heidi Crowter, an activist against discriminatory abortion, has been recognized by the BBC in its annual list of the top 100 women

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Heidi Crowter, a woman with Down syndrome, has been recognized by the BBC as one of its ‘100 Women 2022’. She has been acknowledged for her efforts in combating discriminatory abortion practices targeting babies with Down syndrome.

In her advocacy work, Heidi challenges the UK’s abortion law, which permits abortions up to birth for babies with disabilities, including Down syndrome. Heidi’s goal is to ensure that pregnant women receive accurate information about Down syndrome and to challenge societal perceptions of individuals with the condition.

In July 2021, Heidi presented a legal challenge to the High Court. She argued that the Abortion Act of 1967 is discriminatory because it allows abortions based on the likelihood of the unborn child being born with a serious handicap. Despite the initial dismissal of her case, Heidi persisted and her appeal was heard by the Court of Appeal earlier this year. Despite the outcome, Heidi remains determined to pursue justice, advocating for judges to understand the realities faced by individuals with Down syndrome.

Expressing her disappointment with the court’s decision, Heidi emphasized the need for legal systems to evolve and recognize the humanity of individuals with Down syndrome. Alongside her legal team, Heidi is considering seeking permission to bring her case to the Supreme Court. In addition to her advocacy work, Heidi recently published her book, “I’m Just Heidi,” which further amplifies her message of inclusivity and equality.

The latest abortion statistics for England and Wales reveal a concerning increase in abortions of babies with Down syndrome. Despite legal setbacks, Heidi’s tireless efforts continue to challenge societal norms and promote the dignity of all unborn babies, regardless of disability. Catherine Robinson, spokesperson for Right to Life UK, lauds Heidi’s achievements and underscores the significance of her mission in challenging perceptions and advocating for the rights of individuals with Down syndrome.


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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