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Action Alert – UK Govt announces extreme abortion regime for NI – email your MLAs

Despite the fact that Stormont reconvened on 11 January 2020 and we are in the middle of a world crisis dealing with Coronavirus, the UK Government have just announced that they will proceed with imposing an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, with immediate effect, today. Abortions under the new regime will be starting in Northern Ireland next month.

To add insult to injury, they have taken what Parliament asked them to impose on Northern Ireland and made it far worse, meaning that Northern Ireland will have one of the most extreme abortion regimes in the world.

We understand the stress being caused by the Coronavirus, but sadly the political process hasn’t stopped and the Conservative Government have decided to proceed with introducing this extreme abortion regime.

We need to ensure that there is immediate pressure on Northern Ireland MLAs and MPs to take the following steps:

  1. Ensure that the Northern Ireland Department of Health will prioritise dealing with the Coronavirus crisis and not divert any time and resources, which are critical to saving lives, during this crisis.
  2. Seek an urgent Assembly debate and vote, in which the Assembly: a) makes it clear that it rejects these regulations and b) calls on the Westminster Parliament not to pass them.
  3. That new legislation is introduced to Stormont to repeal this extreme abortion regime as soon as possible.

If you are from Northern Ireland, we have set up an email tool which will allow you to send an email with these key asks to your MLAs right now. It only takes 30 seconds. Please click the button below to send it now.

Click here to email your MLAs now


The email tool is part of a wider Save Lives: Repeal campaign that we have launched today to ensure that this extreme abortion regime is repealed as soon as possible.

If you are not from Northern Ireland, you can help get the word out by:

  • adding the campaign frame to your profile picture on Facebook
  • sharing campaign posts and images on social media 
  • encouraging friends and family in Northern Ireland to email their MLAs

To find out how to spread the word, visit www.righttolife.org.uk/repeal 

Many lives are at stake so we need to ensure this extreme abortion regime is repealed as soon as possible. Anything you can do to get the word out will help.

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