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Ask your MP to oppose imposing an extreme abortion law on Northern Ireland

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it along to the Both Lives Matter 100,000 lives media event on Tuesday.

As you may have seen, we managed to get a large amount of media coverage of the event. The Both Lives Matter spokespeople for the event were interviewed by the BBC, Channel 4 news, Al Jazeera and Sky News. In addition to this, there was coverage included in over 100 mainstream media print/digital pieces including articles in The Times, Guardian, New York Times and Independent.

We have put together a video of the day which is well worth watching and sharing, you can watch it below. There are also more photos of the day available by clicking here.

With abortion campaigners increasing pressure on Westminster to impose abortion on Northern Ireland, it’s very important that MPs are aware that this would be deeply unpopular with many of their constituents.

It’s all important that they are reminded of the key arguments against undermining devolution and imposing an extreme abortion law on Northern Ireland – along with the impact these proposals would have on abortion legislation in England and Wales.

We have set-up an ’email your MP’ function which will allow you to do this in around 30-seconds. Please click the button below to contact your MP on this important issue.

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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