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Almost 1,100 lives lost to abortion in Northern Ireland since abortion imposed last year

Almost 1,100 abortions have been carried out in Northern Ireland since the imposition of abortion on the region in March last year.

The Department of Health has reported 1,091 abortions in Northern Ireland since 31 March 2020. 

The DUP MLA, Christopher Stalford raised the question in Northern Ireland Assembly last month which received the following reply:

“From the 1st January 2020 to 30 March 2020 there were seven terminations of pregnancy carried out in HSC [Health and Social Care] Hospitals in Northern Ireland. Since The Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 came into force on 31 March 2020 the Department of Health has received 1091 notifications of termination”.

Abortion in Northern Ireland

Since the imposition of a new extreme abortion regime last year, abortion has been available in Northern Ireland throughout the first 12 weeks of gestation on demand. This abortion provision also allows abortion on the basis of the sex of the child.

Polling from 2020 showed that the majority of voters only want abortion to be available in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, a position in line with the law before the Westminster Parliament imposed a change on Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland was the last region of the British Isles to have widespread abortion introduced into the country. It is estimated that 100,000 people are alive in Northern Ireland today who would not have been if abortion were available as it was in the rest of the U.K. This figure was confirmed by the Advertising Standards Authority in 2017.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “Sadly, these figures are more or less expected. 100,000 people are alive today in Northern Ireland because of their strong pro-life laws, laws which sadly no longer exist”.

“The change in the abortion law in Northern Ireland was deeply undemocratic and promoters of abortion apparently abandoned all principles in their single-minded pursuit of expanding abortion access, regardless of other considerations. This was the single biggest change to abortion law in the UK since 1967 and the people of Northern Ireland had next to no say in the matter. In June 2019, when abortion in Northern Ireland was being discussed in Westminster, The Scottish National Party abandoned its long standing practice of abstaining in all devolved matters to give its members a free vote on this issue. Abortion promoter Stella Creasy MP, did all she could to ensure that the people of Northern Ireland were not consulted on this matter”.

“We have now seen 1,091 abortions in Northern Ireland, the fruit of a sinister subversion of ordinary parliamentary procedure and democratic practice”.

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:

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