The following article is by Mike Sullivan and from the Saving Downs website
The National Screening Unit (NSU) has refused to stand down Professor Stone from his role as an adviser to their national screening programme for Down syndrome. SavingDowns called for Professor Stone to be immediately removed from any involvement with antenatal screening for Down syndrome following the disclosure that he counselled a pregnant woman to terminate her wanted pregnancy because the child had Down syndrome. He then offered her a late-term abortion in Australia to bypass New Zealand law.
We exposed Professor Stone’s actions several weeks ago in this blog. It has had a huge response with all-round condemnation of his actions from the Down syndrome community.
I took the matter up with Jane McEntee, the Group Manager of the NSU, saying:
“SavingDowns are extremely concerned over Professor Stone’s actions, which are a serious breach of due process. He has breached NSU guidelines to provide non-directive counselling. He has acted with a discriminatory bias against unborn children with Down syndrome. He has shown a disregard of New Zealand law. SavingDowns consider that it is impossible for Professor Stone to continue in his role of an adviser to the NSU.
Note: Right to Life believes this woman’s story and that she is entitled to withhold her name to protect her privacy and that of her family.