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Down’s Syndrome protester launch court fight over abortion law

Heidi Crowter, 26, is bringing legal action over a ruling that allows the abortion of babies with the condition up until birth. She is fighting the Department of Health and Social Care in the hope of removing a section of the Abortion Act she believes to be an “instance of inequality”. Ms Crowter, from Coventry, said: “I am someone who has Down’s syndrome and I find it extremely offensive that a law doesn’t respect my life, and I won’t stand for it. “I want to change the law and I want to challenge people’s perception of Down’s syndrome. I want them to look at me and say, ‘This is just a normal person.’

“That’s what this is about. It’s about telling people that we’re just humans with feelings.”

In England, Wales and Scotland there is a 24-week time limit on having an abortion.

But terminations can be allowed up until birth if there is “a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental ­abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped”, which includes Down’s syndrome.

At a two-day High Court hearing that began yesterday, lawyers on behalf of Ms Crowter argued the law is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights, and therefore unlawfully discriminatory.

A demonstration was held ­outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London ahead of the landmark case, during which ­dozens of people held banners, some of which read: “Love doesn’t count chromosomes.” 

Maire Lea-Wilson, 33, whose son Aidan has Down’s syndrome, is also bringing the case. She said: “I was 34 weeks pregnant when I discovered Aidan had Down’s syndrome, and I was asked if ­ I wanted to terminate the pregnancy.

“I want Aidan to grow up knowing he’s not someone people have to cope with. He’s not a burden to society, he is a wonderful human being in his own right.

“I want the law to change ­ so that the rules for a typical baby apply for those with Down’s syndrome.”

The Government said the case should be dismissed on the grounds there is no evidence of a connection between the law and discrimination against those with Down’s syndrome, and that it does not constitute “negative stereotyping”.

A spokesman said: “The Government is deeply committed to eliminating disability discrimination. There is a broad range of measures in domestic law which are aimed at disability discrimination and advancing equality of opportunity.”

It is expected the court will give its ruling at a later date.

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Protester nearly crashes into fans in scary near miss before France vs Germany

A Greenpeace protester’s life flashed before their very eyes after a stunt nearly went wrong ahead of France’s Euro 2020 clash with Germany in Munich. The daring parachuter intended to land on the turf ahead of kick-off to get some time in the limelight but the swoop very nearly ended in disaster.

In footage captured by German broadcaster Max Merrill, the parachuter appeared to get caught in the stadium’s spider cam.

Yet thankfully, the individual managed to break free but the situation only escalated from there.

The collision with the spider cam then set the parachuter swinging towards the stands but a late change of direction saw them narrowly miss the press box and a collection of supporters, with some forced to duck.

BT Sport broadcaster Archie Rhind-Tutt saw the incident from inside the stadium and he was under no illusions it was a close shave.

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Replays later showed that part of the activist’s equipment smashed during the collision and rained down to the touchline.

France boss Didier Deschamps scurried into the dugout to avoid getting his by debris.

Rudiger was then the first to console the parachuter, to check whether he was okay.

Understandably, he appeared to be shaken up following the heavy impact.

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Man United footage shows police officer punching protester

Manchester United have issued further official comment on Sunday’s chaotic scenes inside and outside of Old Trafford, as they promise to identify individuals who were responsible for ‘criminal activity’.

Hundreds of Manchester United supporters were involved in furious demonstrations at the home of the multiple-time English champion ahead of Sunday’s (eventually postponed) fixture with arch-rivals Liverpool.

The target of the fans’ ire, the Glazer family, have remained tight-lipped in the wake of the furious protests but the club itself have reacted by saying that while they respect the right of their supporters to peacefully protest, any fans found to have engaged in violent activity will be subject to penalties from both the police and the club itself.

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Following events yesterday, while many fans wanted to exercise their right to protest and express their opinion peacefully, some were intent on disrupting the team’s preparation and the game itself, as evidenced by activity at the Lowry Hotel and at the stadium,” the club announced in a statement posted to its official website.

Reports in mainstream and social media that protesters were able to access the stadium and pitch via a gate opened by club staff are completely incorrect. 

After breaking through barriers and security on the forecourt, some protestors climbed the gates at the end of the Munich tunnel, then forced access to a side door in the stand, before opening an external door that let others through to the concourse area and the pitch.

A second breach occurred when a protestor smashed the door of a disability access lift, enabling a group to enter the stand.”

Hundreds of Manchester United fans were captured on the television broadcast invading the pitch, with numerous other instances of supporters uploading videos of the pitch invasion to social media.

However, there were more serious scenes outside the famous ground. The Manchester United team bus was obstructed from departing at the nearby Lowry Hotel, while there were also significant confrontations and violent scenes with Greater Manchester Police – with three reported to have suffered injuries in the fracas, one suffering a serious facial wound after being struck with a glass bottle. This police offer was rushed to hospital for “emergency treatment“, per reports in the media.

Further video footage released on Monday also shows members of the police force clashing protestors, with one clip appearing to suggest that a fan was punched several times by an officer while being detained by three others.

According to police, the 28-year-old man in the clip was arrested for suspicion of theft from a vehicle and public order offences. Greater Manchester Police’s Professional Standards Branch have announced an investigation into the circumstances of the arrest and the video footage of it.

The club statement continues to say that while the majority of the demonstrations were entirely peaceful, fans identified as having engaged in criminal damage will be subject to prosecution while also receiving punishment from the club.

The majority of our fans have and will condemn criminal damage, along with any violence towards club staff, police or other fans, and these now become a police matter,” the statement added.

The club has no desire to see peaceful protestors punished, but will work with the police to identify those involved in criminal activity, and will also issue its own sanctions to any season ticket holder or member identified, per the published sanctions policy.

Information on the rescheduling of the game and any possible implication on other fixtures will be announced after discussion and agreement with the Premier League.

We remain committed to dialogue and engagement with our fans through the Fans Forum and other appropriate channels.

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