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NZ tackle Down Syndrome discrimination

Saving Downs share this encouraging news:

"In a world first, Saving Downs has secured a commitment from the New Zealand Human Rights Commission (HRC) to address prenatal discrimination against the Down syndrome and wider disability communities.

"The HRC has agreed to give high priority to this work under their monitoring role for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The work will include the right to life, prenatal disability screening, euthanasia and other bioethical issues. Most importantly, the perspectives of disabled people and their families will be central to the work.

"This is a milestone event in our advocacy. It is a great foundation for moving ahead with positive change for our community and we are delighted with this outcome. As the project is framed within the CRPD, this work can immediately be brought forward into the wider international arena for those countries that have ratified the CRPD."

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