Live in NZ? Kiwi voter living in the UK? Email your MP asking them to vote against the Government’s extreme abortion up to birth bill

If you are New Zealand voter, please urgently email your MPs asking them to vote against this extreme abortion Bill on Thursday.

You can do this by following the easy steps below.

1. Quickly draft an email

It is far better if this email is in your own words, but if you don’t have time, we have written up a quick email below which you can use.

Please be charitable, polite and respectful in the messages you send to MPs.

Please contact as many MPs as you can. Individual emails are the most effective, especially if you are contacting your local MP.

IF WRITING YOU OWN EMAIL – PLEASE CONVEY THE FOLLOWING POINTS

  • Vote NO to the Abortion Legislation Bill on Thursday.
  • The Bill removes the current restrictions that only allow abortions after 20 weeks to save the life of the mother or to protect from serious harm and replaces them with loose and arbitrary criteria.
  • In the small number of Australian states that have similar ‘abortion up to birth’ provisions these provision in practice have allowed for abortion to be available for any reason right through to birth.
  • This would also, in practice, lift the current time limit for disability-selective abortions for babies including those with Down’s syndrome from 20-weeks, right through to birth.
  • The Bill contains no substantial provisions to offer women alternatives to abortion.
  • If you have a personal story about abortion, unplanned pregnancy, or anything else that might be relevant to this Bill then please share that too.
  • Make it clear that this is an important issue to you and how the MP votes on Thursday will determine whether you vote for them in the next election.


IF DON’T HAVE TIME TO WRITE AN EMAIL, PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING COPY

Dear MP,

I am writing to you to ask you to vote NO to the Abortion Legislation Bill on Thursday.

The Bill removes the current restrictions that only allow abortions after 20 weeks to save the life of the mother or to protect from serious harm and replaces them with loose and arbitrary criteria.

In the small number of Australian states that have similar ‘abortion up to birth’ provisions, these provision in practice have allowed for abortion to be available, for any reason, right through to birth.

This would also, in practice, lift the current time limit for disability-selective abortions for babies including those with Down’s syndrome from 20-weeks, right through to birth.

As a voter, this is the most important issue to me, and how you vote on Thursday will determine who I vote for in the next election.

Please vote NO on Thursday.

2/ Use the following email lists to send your email to MPs

H/T to Voice For Life New Zealand for the email list below – find out more about them here.

Below are the email addresses of every MP in Parliament (just click on any MP below to send them an email).

If you have any issues with the email addresses below you can click here to download an Excel Spreadsheet of all the MP’s and their email addresses (just copy and paste from the spreadsheet into your email browser!)

 INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL MPs: 
Amy AdamsKanwaljit Singh BakshiMaggie BarryAndrew BaylyDavid BennettPaula BennettDan BidoisChris BishopSimon BridgesSimeon BrownGerry BrownleeDavid CarterJudith CollinsJacqui DeanMatt DooceySarah DowieAndrew FalloonPaulo GarciaPaul GoldsmithNathan GuyJoanne HayesHarete HipangoBrett HudsonNikki KayeMatt KingTutehounuku (Nuk) KorakoBarbara KurigerDenise LeeMelissa LeeAgnes LoheniTim MacindoeTodd McClayIan McKelvieMark MitchellTodd MullerAlfred NgaroSimon O’ConnorParmjeet ParmarChristopher PenkMaureen PughShane RetiScott SimpsonNick SmithStuart SmithErica StanfordAnne TolleyLouise UpstonTim van de MolenNicky WagnerHamish WalkerNicola WillisMichael WoodhouseJian YangLawrence Yule,

 INDIVIDUAL LABOUR MPs: 
Kiri AllanGinny AndersenJacinda ArdernDavid ClarkTamati CoffeyLiz CraigClare CurranKelvin DavisRuth DysonPaul EagleKris FaafoiPeeni HenareChris HipkinsRaymond HuoWillie JacksonAnahila Kanongata’a-SuisuikiIain Lees-GallowayAndrew LittleMarja LubeckJo LuxtonKieran McAnultyNanaia MahutaTrevor MallardStuart NashDamien O’ConnorGreg O’ConnorDavid ParkerWillow-Jean PrimePriyanca RadhakrishnanGrant RobertsonAdrian RurawheDeborah RussellJenny SalesaCarmel Sepuloni,Aupito William SioJamie StrangeJan TinettiRino TirikatenePhil TwyfordLouisa WallAngie Warren-ClarkDuncan WebbMeka WhaitiriPoto WilliamsMichael WoodMegan Woods

INDIVIDUAL NZ FIRST MPs: 
Darroch BallShane JonesJenny MarcroftRon MarkTracey MartinClayton MitchellMark PattersonWinston PetersFletcher Tabuteau

INDIVIDUAL GREEN MPs:  
Marama DavidsonJulie Anne GenterGolriz GhahramanGareth HughesJan LogieEugenie SageJames ShawChloe Swarbrick

 INDEPENDENT: 
Jami-Lee Ross

 ACT PARTY: 
David Seymour


Nearly 1 in 4 babies were aborted in England and Wales in 2018

Newly released data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show almost 1 in 4 of all pregnancies* ended in abortion.

There were 657,076 live births in England and Wales in 2018 according to the ONS, and 205,295 abortions over the same time period according to the Department of Health. Combining these two figures gives the total number of pregnancies* in England and Wales in 2018 of 862,371.

Therefore, 23.8% of all pregnancies* (almost one in four) in England and Wales ended in abortion. In 2012, however, 20.7% of all pregnancies ended in abortion*. The 2018 figure therefore represents an increase from approximately 1 in 5 pregnancies ending in abortion to almost 1 in 4 ending in abortion.

Compared with 1969 – the first year with complete figures for total number of abortions – where there were 54,819 abortions, there has been a 270% increase in the proportion of the total number of pregnancies ending in abortion in England and Wales.

In 2018, in Northern Ireland, there were 1,097 abortions (including abortions that occurred in Northern Ireland and women that travelled to England and Wales). This figure represents less than 1 in 20 pregnancies (excluding stillbirths and natural miscarriages) ending in abortion in Northern Ireland.

However, the British Parliament in Westminster has voted to force abortion on Northern Ireland unless Stormont is able to reconvene by the 21st October. The new extreme abortion regime would permit abortion up to 28 weeks gestation for any reason, and it is likely that within a few years, the proportion of pregnancies ending in abortion in Northern Ireland will be similar to England and Wales.

Catherine Robinson, spokesperson for Right to Life UK, said:

“It is a national tragedy that almost 1 in 4 pregnancies (excluding still births and natural miscarriage) in England and Wales ended in abortion in 2018. This represents one of the highest proportions of abortions to live births since abortion was introduced in 1967 – the only year with a higher proportion was 2001 where 23.9% of all pregnancies ended in abortion.”

“Every one of these abortions represents a failure of our society to protect the lives of babies in the womb and a failure to offer full support to women with unplanned pregnancies.”

“On the other hand, these figures show the dramatic difference that laws surrounding abortion make. In 2018, for women resident in Northern Ireland, less than 1 in 20 of all pregnancies* ended in abortion (including the women who travelled to England and Wales for abortions), whereas in England and Wales, almost 1 in 4 of all pregnancies ended in abortion*.”

“If the new abortion regime that Westminster is imposing on Northern Ireland comes into force on the 21st October, there will likely be a rapid increase in the number of pregnancies ending in abortion in Northern Ireland. This will likely be made worse by the fact the law being introduced is so extreme – permitting abortion up to 28 weeks with no legal safeguards.

“Questions must be asked about why an increasing proportion of pregnant women are ending their pregnancies via abortion.”

“Proposals from abortion campaigners to remove legal restrictions around abortion and introduce abortion up to birth would likely see these numbers get even worse. The only winners in this sad state of affairs are abortion providers who can capitalise on this situation, and perhaps, are even part of the cause of it, insofar as they want ever more abortions to increase their income.”

* excluding natural miscarriage and still birth

(Image credit AdobeStock: Cari)