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Abortion lobby using Alabama to force abortion on Northern Ireland

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Abortion campaigners are now using changes to abortion law in Alabama (and the controversy built around the many myths that are being circulated about that law) to increase pressure on MPs in Westminster to impose an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland along with introducing the same extreme changes to abortion legislation in England and Wales.

This is despite the fact that recent polling in the UK show that the majority of the population want to introduce more protections for unborn children, not fewer.  70% of women surveyed wanted to see a reduction in the upper limit for abortions. Indeed, 59% of women overall wanted to see the upper limit for abortions to be reduced to 16 weeks.

In contrast, only 1% of the general population and wanted to see abortion made legal up until birth. This extremist position is exactly what many in the abortion lobby are pushing for, and, depending upon how the law is interpreted, would be the result of the total ‘decriminalisation’ of abortion.

When it comes to the question of where any decision on changes to abortion laws in Northern Ireland should be made, polling shows two-thirds of women in Northern Ireland (and 70% of 18-34 year olds) believe that the law on this issue should be a decision for the people of Northern Ireland and their elected representatives, and is not for Westminster to decide.

In Northern Ireland, the right to life of the unborn remains protected by law, and due the devolution of powers, Northern Ireland remains in control of its own abortion laws, without the Government in Westminster being able to impose its own abortion agenda there.

However, the abortion lobby are now apparently attempting to ride roughshod over this settlement and impose its own ideas about abortion onto a region which has consistently rejected it. This bold move is also an attack on the rights of the people of Northern Ireland to decide their own fate on this issue.

The abortion lobby are using the new law in Alabama as a springboard to force abortion on Northern Ireland and have managed to get social media influencers and celebrities to promote their email function online and MPs are receiving a very high volume of emails on this issue.

It is very important that MPs get emails on this issue from their pro-life constituents today, so that we can demonstrate that a large group of their constituents want them to respect devolution and oppose any moves to introduce abortion to Northern Ireland.

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Dear reader

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:

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