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Richard Dawkins: 'Abort' unborn babies with Downs Syndrome

Professor Richard Dawkins Photo: PA

Scientist Richard Dawkins has become embroiled in another Twitter row, claiming it would be "immoral" to carry on with a pregnancy if the mother knew the foetus had Down's Syndrome.

The British author made the comment in response to another site user who said they would be faced with "a real ethical dilemma" if they became pregnant with a Down's Syndrome baby.

Professor Dawkins tweeted:

He faced a backlash for his comment, with one mother, who has a child with the genetic condition, saying:

Prof Dawkins later defended his view, saying he would not apologise:

The Down's Syndrome Association (DSA) issued a response to Prof Dawkin's initial comment.

People with Down's Syndrome can and do live full and rewarding lives, they also make a valuable contribution to our society.

At the Down's Syndrome Association, we do not believe Down's Syndrome in itself should be a reason for termination, however, we realise that families must make their own choice.

The DSA strives to ensure that all prospective parents are given accurate and up to date information about the condition and what life might be like today for someone with Down's syndrome.

– Down's Syndrome Association (DSA)

Previously Prof Dawkins caused controversy on Twitter when he described some rapes as "worse" than others.