LONDON —The mother of a miracle child who was born with just two percent of his brain, and has since stunned doctors as his brain matter has grown and progressed to being nearly fully functional, is seeking to change the UK’s current law allowing mothers to abort unborn children with disabilities up to birth.
“I feel that all disabled children should be given a chance,” Michelle Wall, 45, told the Daily Mail. “We need to treat disabled people with respect and treat them like human beings.”
As previously reported, Wall had been advised months into her 2012 pregnancy that her son had spina bifida, chromosome abnormalities and hydrocephalus. As he was not expected to survive, doctors recommended an abortion—again and again.
“We were offered termination five times,” Rob Wall recalled in the documentary “The Boy Without a Brain.” “It was never an option for us. To me, we wanted to give Noah that chance of life.”
The couple did, however, make funeral arrangements, but on March 6, 2012, Noah was born—alive. His parents were thankful to hear his first cry.
Noah was paralyzed from the chest down and required surgery for a large hole in his back. He also had only two percent brain tissue—the rest being filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which required the implantation of a drain.
But as time went by, Noah progressed like other toddlers—talking and singing and smiling, and defying the odds.
At age five, doctors are stunned to find that Noah’s brain has grown substantially and is nearly fully functional. He can count, read and is currently attending school.
Wall is now teaming up with UK parliamentarian Kevin Shinkwin, who serves in the House of Lords, to present “Noah’s Law,” which would remove language from current law allowing mothers to end the lives of their disabled unborn children up to birth. As previously reported, Shinkwin suffers from brittle bone disease and has been outspoken against the killing of the unborn.
“The tragedy is that some in the medical establishment still see disability as a tragedy to be eradicated by abortion. It’s eugenics,” he said. “What no one can explain is why after birth I’m good enough for the Queen to send me to the House of Lords, while before birth I’m only good for the incinerator.”
Shinkwin had presented a bill earlier this year that would have removed section 1(1)(d) from the 1967 Abortion Act, which allows mothers to end the life of their unborn child 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.”
He noted that there were 689 abortions in 2015 due to a Down syndrome diagnosis, and 11 abortions for “cleft lip or palate, an easily surgically rectifiable condition.” 230 abortions were past 24 weeks. In all, 3,213 babies in the UK lost their lives due to a disability diagnosis.
While Shinkwin’s proposal cleared committee, the bill has not made it past report stage and “will make no further progress,” according to the parliament’s page on the measure. However, Shinkwin and Wall are now working to present Noah’s Law to likewise combat the killing of disabled children.