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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11812: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 4 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the assumption that mothers expecting a baby with a disability will want an abortion, in light of the private availability of new non-invasive pregnancy testing, which is set to detect higher numbers of babies with trisomy 13, 18 and 21.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 31 October 2017

Within the NHS there is absolutely no assumption that mothers expecting a disabled child will want to terminate the pregnancy.

The Scottish Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme aims to ensure that women and couples are provided with high quality information so that they can make an informed choice about their screening options and pregnancy choices.