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Action alert – Bill receives First Reading, ask your MP to sign EDM 521

Today the Abortion (Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate and Clubfoot) Bill received a First Reading. This was a short procedure that took place after Prime Minister’s Questions where Fiona Bruce MP presented the Bill to the Commons. This Bill will change the law to clarify that cleft palate, cleft lip, and clubfoot are not grounds for abortion in the UK.

You may have seen there has been a large amount of positive media coverage around the Bill in the national media and some coverage in outlets overseas since it was launched, including articles in the Sunday Times, Sun on Sunday and the Guardian. 

We are also seeing a large amount of support for the Bill building online from people with these conditions along with support from the wider public. Thank you to everyone who is helping get the word out about the Bill by sharing Stand Up and Smile campaign content on social media.

TAKE ACTION – ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN EDM 521

To coincide with First Reading of the Bill, Carla Lockhart MP is leading a group of MPs who have launched an Early Day Motion which MPs can sign to show their support for the Abortion (Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate and Clubfoot) Bill.

We are aiming to get as many MPs as possible to sign this Early Day Motion (EDM 521) so that we can demonstrate to Parliament and the Government that there is strong support for the Bill.

It would be very helpful if you could contact your MP to ask them to sign this Early Day Motion.

We have updated the pre-written email on the email MP function on our website with new text asking your MP to sign the Early Day Motion. Please click the button to email your MP on this now. It only takes 30 seconds.

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

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