The current law permits an abortion to take place up to birth (40 weeks) if tests for disability indicate that the child may be disabled when born. There is a legal limit of 24 weeks for abortions on other grounds.
The Equality Act 2010 protects disabled people from discrimination. The Act prohibits discrimination arising from a disability by preventing one person from treating another less favourably because of their disability.
In light of the current legal position, the Parliamentary Inquiry into Abortion on the Grounds of Disability is seeking evidence from parents, medical practitioners, academia, support groups, disability groups, lawyers and individuals with an interest regarding the current theory, practice and implications of the approach to abortion on the grounds of disability in the UK.