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NI man David Smyth, born with a cleft lip and palate, urges support for campaign to close abortion law loophole

As a new Bill is brought to Parliament to confirm terminations cannot occur on the grounds of a cleft lip, cleft palate or clubfoot, Stephanie Bell talks to a Co Down father-of-three about how the condition and corrective surgery have affected his life

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With his wife Jude

With his wife Jude

David Smyth

David Smyth

A childhood picture of David

A childhood picture of David

With his wife Jude

A Co Down man who was born with a cleft lip and palate is urging people to back a national campaign to close a loophole in the law that allows babies with the same birth defect to be aborted.

Lawyer and charity boss David Smyth (37), a father-of-three who lives near Hillsborough, says it is unthinkable that babies are being aborted due to having a cleft lip or palate.

David, who practised as a lawyer for several years and now heads up the Evangelical Alliance in Northern Ireland, believes many people will be unaware that something so minor and correctible is regarded as a serious disability in the current abortion laws.