A pro-life group has called on the Scottish Government to do more to protect the unborn after new figures revealed an all-time high in abortions of disabled babies in Scotland. The figures released by the NHS in Scotland found there were 216 abortions because of disability in 2016, a 57 per cent rise from the 2011 figure of 136. John Deighan, CEO of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children Scotland, said: “In Scotland, we rightly go to great lengths to accommodate people with

a disability, yet as a society we are eradicating them before they are born, thus sending a bleak message to our disability community.” Of the 216 disability abortions, more than one in three were because of Down’s syndrome. The NHS report suggests that this is due to the rise in the screening of unborn children for disability. The figures also revealed that abortion rates for women in the most deprived areas of Scotland were double that of those from the least deprived areas. READ MORE