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NI ABORTION LAW CONSULTATION

RESPOND TO SAVE LIVES

The Government has launched a consultation on a proposed abortion framework for Northern Ireland which goes far beyond the existing law in England, Wales and Scotland. The consultation closes at 11:45pm on Monday 16th December. It is vital that as many people as possible make a submission to the consultation to make it clear that there is very strong opposition to the proposed framework. This proposed abortion framework is a blatant attempt by the Government to further undermine the will of the people of Northern Ireland. It adds insult to injury after Westminster voted to impose new abortion laws on Northern Ireland and would likely lead to an even larger increase in the number of lives lost to abortion in Northern Ireland. You can read more on this here. To make the consultation more accessible to pro-life people, we have put together the function below which simplifies the process of making a submission by covering key questions that are relevant to pro-life people. We have included suggested answers in each of the sections, if you do have time, we recommend writing this in your own words and adding in any other points you feel are necessary to cover. Please note if you are looking to submit on all questions, you can do this on the Government website here. Full details on the consultation are also available here.

RESPOND TO THE CONSULTATION

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Your Submission
Question 1(A):
Should the gestational limit for early terminations of pregnancy be up to 12 weeks gestation (11 weeks + 6 days)?
We recommend you click "no".
Question 1(B):
Should the gestational limit for early terminations of pregnancy be up to 14 weeks gestation (13 weeks + 6 days)?
We recommend you click "no".
If you answered no to 1a and 1b, what alternative would you suggest?
Question 2:
Should a limited form of certification by a healthcare professional be required for early terminations of pregnancy?
We recommend you click "no".
If no, what alternative approach would you suggest?
Question 3(A):
Should the gestational time limit in circumstances where the continuance of the pregnancy would cause risk of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman or girl, or any existing children or her family, greater than the risk of terminating the pregnancy, be 21 weeks + 6 days gestation?
We recommend you click "no".
Question 3(B):
Should the gestational time limit in circumstances where the continuance of the pregnancy would cause risk of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman or girl, or any existing children or her family, greater than the risk of terminating the pregnancy, be 23 weeks + 6 days gestation?
We recommend you click "no".
If you answered 'no' to both of the above, what alternative provision do you suggest?
Question 4(A):
Should abortion without time limit be available for fetal abnormality where there is a substantial risk that the fetus would die in utero (in the womb) or shortly after birth?
We recommend you click "no".
Question 4(B):
Should abortion without time limit be available for fetal abnormality where there is a substantial risk that the fetus if born would suffer a severe impairment, including a mental or physical disability which is likely to significantly limit either the length or quality of the child’s life?
We recommend you click "no".
If you answered 'no' to either or both of the above, what alternative provision do you suggest?
Question 6:
Do you agree that a medical practitioner or any other registered healthcare professional should be able to provide terminations provided they are appropriately trained and competent to provide the treatment in accordance with their professional body’s requirements and guidelines?
We recommend you click "no".
If you answered 'no', what alternative approach do you suggest?
Question 7:
Do you agree that the model of service delivery for Northern Ireland should provide for flexibility on where abortion procedures can take place and be able to be developed within Northern Ireland?
We recommend you click "no".
If you answered 'no', what alternative approach do you suggest?
Question 10:
Do you consider a notification process should be put in place in Northern Ireland to provide scrutiny of the services provided, as well as ensuring data is available to provide transparency around access to services?
We recommend you click "yes".
If you answered 'no', what alternative approach do you suggest?
Question 11:
Do you agree that the proposed conscientious objection provision should reflect practice in the rest of the United Kingdom, covering participation in the whole course of treatment for the abortion, but not associated ancillary, administrative or managerial tasks?
We recommend you click "no".
If you answered 'no', what alternative approach do you suggest?
Question 12:
Do you think any further protections or clarification regarding conscientious objection is required in the regulations?
We recommend you click "yes".
If you answered 'yes', please suggest additional measures that would improve the regulations:
Question 13:
Do you agree that there should be provision for powers which allow for an exclusion or safe zone to be put in place?
We recommend you click "no".
If you answered 'no', what alternative approach do you suggest?
Question 14:
Do you consider there should also be a power to designate a separate zone where protest can take place under certain conditions?
We recommend you click "no".
If you answered 'no', what alternative approach do you suggest?