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Action alert: Sign the open letter ahead of NI abortion debate on Monday

Following the win at the Northern Ireland Assembly on Tuesday, momentum is continuing to build for MPs and Peers to vote down the Northern Ireland abortion regulations at Westminster.

Yesterday, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson was granted an urgent question in the House of Commons regarding the abortion regulations for Northern Ireland. There were a number of excellent speeches from MPs who put pressure on the Government to hand back control of abortion law to the Northern Ireland Assembly. You can read more about these contributions on the digital news service on our website.

There will now be a debate on Monday in the Commons and the following week in the Lords, followed by votes at some stage soon after, where MPs and Peers will have the opportunity to vote down the regulations.

TAKE ACTION

Ahead of the votes, Northern Irish Peer Baroness O’Loan and Northern Irish MP Carla Lockhart have launched an open letter to MPs and Peers in England, Wales and Scotland to ask them to vote against the regulations.

They are looking to get a very large number of people from Northern Ireland to support the letter by signing it. They will then be presenting the letter in the Houses of Commons and Lords.

Please add your name to the letter now by clicking the button below. It only takes 20 seconds.

If you are not from Northern Ireland, please do help out by sharing the letter on social media and with friends in Northern Ireland to help us get the word out and get as many people as possible adding their name to the letter.

Many thanks,

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