Half of all babies aborted for Down’s Syndrome are missing from official figures due to chaotic record-keeping in abortion clinics, a government investigation has revealed.
Doctors have broken the law by failing to keep proper records for the Department of Health on the reason for termination.
Many Down’s terminations are being wrongly recorded as ‘social’ abortions – which make up the bulk of terminations in this country – but other records are simply missing.
The investigation, published on the Department of Health website, shows that in 2012 a total of 994 babies were aborted for Down’s Syndrome, according to the independent National Down’s Syndrome Cytogenetic Register.
However, Department of Health figures recorded just 496 of these – meaning that 498 cases were classed as missing.