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Action alert: Ask your MP candidates to oppose assisted suicide and support palliative care

Thank you to everyone who has used our new MP candidate database and shared it with friends. Some of our supporters said that it was not clear that they had to click through to the profile for each candidate to find out if they have signed the pledge. We have taken this feedback on and updated the user interface so this is more clear. We will be updating the platform daily as more MP candidates sign the Both Lives Pledge.

NEW EMAIL FUNCTION – ASK YOUR CANDIDATES WHERE THEY STAND ON ASSISTED SUICIDE

In the next parliament, there is likely to be an attempt to introduce assisted suicide.  

This afternoon we have launched a new feature that will allow you to write to your MP candidates asking them to pledge to oppose any attempts to introduce assisted suicide or euthanasia, and support palliative care for people at the end of their lives.

Click the button below to write to your candidates now.

We have launched a separate pledge on this issue as there are many candidates who take a different view on assisted suicide from that which they take on abortion. 

Keeping the pledge on this separate means you, as a voter, will have clear information on exactly where your MP candidates stand on both issues. It will also be useful for our public affairs team to have this data on new candidates so we know who is opposed to assisted suicide among the new parliamentary intake.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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