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.
VERY GOOD NEWS
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.