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22/08/2014

Professor Richard Dawkins thinks babies with Down's syndrome should be aborted. Do you? With Kaye Adams.

Evolutionary biologist and writer Richard Dawkins has recently caused controversy with comments he made on twitter regarding Down's Syndrome. He said that it would be immoral for a mother to continue with a pregnancy if the baby would be born with Down's syndrome. This tweet sparked outrage and a tirade of abuse. He justified his statement by saying that he was only expressing a scientific opinion and also what actually happened most of the time. The most recent statistics show (2013) that in England and Wales, 90% of people who are informed of a risk of having a Down's Syndrome baby have an abortion. This is down from 92% on the previous year.

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Fri 22 Aug 2014 10:00
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