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Action alert – Ask your MLAs to vote to oppose abortion up to birth for Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland

Thank you to everyone who has written to their MPs asking them to support the Abortion (Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate and Clubfoot) Bill, which seeks to clarify that cleft palate, cleft lip, and clubfoot are not grounds for abortion in the UK.

As you may have seen, there has been a lot of media coverage around the Bill along with much interest on social media. If you haven’t already, please do email your MP asking them to support the Bill.


A large number of people in Northern Ireland wrote to their MLAs asking them to break the silence at the Northern Ireland Assembly on the British Government forcing abortion regulations on Northern Ireland.

The floods of emails and contact from constituents has been accompanied by further coverage of disability campaigner Heidi Crowter’s call for MLAs to take action and do everything they can to oppose abortion on the basis of disability up to birth.

Thanks to all this pressure, it has now been announced that this silence will be broken next Tuesday and the Northern Ireland Assembly will be debating and voting on the following motion:

“That this Assembly welcomes the important intervention of disability campaigner Heidi Crowter and rejects the imposition of abortion legislation which extends to all non-fatal disabilities, including Down’s syndrome.”


While a vote on this motion may not change the law at this stage, it will send a very important message to the British Government and MPs who are due to vote on these regulations in June.

We now need everyone who lives in Northern Ireland to urgently contact their MLAs and ask them to vote for this motion on Tuesday.

If you live in Northern Ireland, please click the button below to email your local MLAs on this now. It only takes 30 seconds.

Once you have emailed your MLAs, please do let friends and family know to email their local MLAs.  

Thank you for your help on this.

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


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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:

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