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Ask your MP to oppose new moves to impose an extreme abortion law on Northern Ireland

The Women and Equalities Committee has today released two separate reports following their Inquiry into abortion law in Northern Ireland. Four members of the Committee voted in support of the Chair’s report and two members voted in support of the alternative ‘Hughes report’ which was tabled by Eddie Hughes MP.

Thank you to everyone who made a submission to the Inquiry last year. An estimated 88.7% of the submissions to the Inquiry outlined that Westminster should not change the law on abortion in Northern Ireland.

The alternative report reflected many of the points highlighted by a majority of the submissions and emphasised that the UK Government should not undermine the devolution settlement by imposing changes to abortion law in Northern Ireland. You can find out more about the alternative report in the press release from our Media Officer, Clare McCarthy, here.

Unfortunately, the Chair’s report ignored these submissions and made a recommendation that Westminster should change abortion law in Northern Ireland. Abortion campaigners are today using this recommendation to put further pressure on the Government and MPs to impose abortion on Northern Ireland.


We know that abortion campaigners are mobilising people to write to their MPs to ask them to put pressure on the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, to impose abortion on Northern Ireland.

It is very important that MPs receive emails emphasising that the Committee was divided on this issue and that they make representations to Karen Bradley asking her to oppose any moves to override the devolution settlement.

We have set-up an ’email your MP’ tool on our website this morning that will allow you to write to your MP on this now. Please click the button below now to take 30-second write to your MP.

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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