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July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Sheffield, England -- The family of a nine-year-old girl stricken by heart defects has been told she will never be considered for a transplant. Her local health authority says that because she is a Down's syndrome child she is not eligible for any donor organ. Katie Atkinson, from Sheffield, is dying from the accumulated heart problems often found in Down's syndrome children, but her parents say that Leeds General Infirmary told them that Down's children are not considered for transplantation because their "quality of life" is not good enough.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
CANBERRA -- Late-term forced abortions were still being carried out in China as recently as last year, a Chinese gynecologist and obstetrician has told an Australian parliamentary committee.In evidence to the committee, the doctor, now an Australian resident, said she performed seven-and-a-half-month abortions when working in a Chinese public hospital between 1983 and 1989.The doctor, known only as Dr Wong, also showed the committee a photograph of an unborn child in a bedpan coercively aborted at six-and-a-half months.