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Commemorating 51 years and 9,214,645 lives lost since the Abortion Act came into effect

Saturday 27th April marks 51 years since the Abortion Act came into effect. While the Abortion Act received Royal Assent on Friday the 27th of October 1967, it not come into effect until 6 months later, on 27th April 1968.

Over the last 51 years, a projected 9,214,645* unborn children have been aborted in England, Wales and Scotland. Below we have included a speech given by Lord Alton outside Parliament on the 50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act receiving Royal Assent.

Sadly 9,214,645 lives lost does not seem to be enough for the abortion lobby.

They are now mobilising people to write to their MPs to ask them to put pressure on the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, to impose abortion on Northern Ireland.

It is very important that MPs receive emails encouraging them to make representations to Karen Bradley asking her to oppose any moves to override the devolution settlement.

We have set-up an ’email your MP’ tool on our website that will allow you to write to your MP on this now. Please click the button below now to take 30-second write to your MP.

Click here to email your MP now

*The projected figure of 9,214,645 abortions as 11.59pm on Saturday 27 April 2019 is based on the published abortion number from 1968-2017 for England, Wales and Scotland. The projected figure for 2018 is based on the assumption that the final published total number of abortions for 2018 will be a similar figure to the number published for 2017. The projected figure from Jan 1 2019 – 27 April 2019 is based on the following calculation: 2017 abortion numbers/365 * (no. of days from 1st Jan – 27th April). Full calculations are available on request from Right To Life UK.

Help stop abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities including Down's syndrome & club foot


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In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to take 30 seconds of your time and add your support to the campaign to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot in Northern Ireland.

If you live in Northern Ireland: 
Ask your MLAs to vote to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot:

If you live outside Northern Ireland: 
Show your support by signing this petition in support of the Bill:

Help stop abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities including Down's syndrome & club foot