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Abortion stats released, a national tragedy

This morning the Department of Health and Social Care released the abortion statistics for England and Wales for 2019.

Sadly the number of abortions that took place in 2019 was 209,519, the highest ever since the passing of the Abortion Act in 1967.

It is a national tragedy that these 209,519 lives were lost to abortion.

Every one of these abortions represents a failure of our society to protect the lives of babies in the womb and a failure to offer full support to women with unplanned pregnancies. 

We have provided an in-depth analysis of the figures on the digital news service on our website.


Ahead of the votes at Westminster on Northern Ireland Abortion regulations, momentum is continuing to build for MPs and Peers to vote down the regulations, with a large number of MPs and Peers speaking out against introducing the regulations to Northern Ireland in debates this week. 

We have included coverage of these debates on our digital news service and you can view highlight videos from the debates on our social media channels.


The votes in the Commons and Lords on the Northern Ireland abortion regulations will be next week. 

Over 14,000 people from Northern Ireland have now signed the open letter from Northern Irish Peer Baroness O’Loan and Northern Irish MP Carla Lockhart to MPs and Peers in England, Wales and Scotland to ask them to vote against the regulations.

To put how high this number is in perspective, if the same proportion of the UK population signed a petition, that would equate to over 500,000 people. 

We really need to send a strong message to MPs and Peers that Northern Ireland does not want these regulations by getting as many people to sign the open letter as possible.

If you are from Northern Ireland, and have not signed the open letter yet, please do sign it now by clicking here.

If you have signed the letter or 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.

You can do this easily by encouraging people to sign the letter over WhatsApp, on email or on social media:

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