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Australia: Extreme abortion Bill delayed until September

The word “Life” written in the sky over the Parliament in NSW

An extreme abortion Bill being pushed in New South Wales Australia has been delayed until mid-September thanks to opponents within the Parliament and public opposition to the legislation.

The abortion legislation – brought forward in New South Wales (28/07) – would allow abortion up to 22 weeks without any restrictions and abortion up to birth with the consent of two doctors. The new legislation would also make abortion legal for any reason including sex-selective abortion and abortions based on disability.

Following an inquiry into the Bill, over 13,000 submissions were made by concerned citizens causing the state parliament’s web portal to temporarily crash.

On Tuesday evening, hundreds of pro-life protesters gathered in Martin Place and earlier in the day, a massive “choose life” was scrawled by skywriters above Sydney.

The Bill has been heavily criticised for its lack of any protections against the possibility of coerced abortions as well as the fact that there is no requirement for counselling and only limited protection for the rights of doctors who recognise that abortion is not healthcare.

A number of MPs have since delayed this Bill as they were concerned that it was being rushed through the Australian Parliament without due scrutiny. The Deputy Premier John Barilaro on Tuesday (20/08) has confirmed this.

A group of MPs including Christian Democrat Fred Nile, Shooters MP Robert Borsak and Liberal members Tanya Davies and Matthew Mason-Cox held a press conference to speak out against the Bill.

Ms Davies called for it to be set aside so a fresh bill could be reintroduced after six months of consultation.

“I believe it is a crisis of government we are facing,” she said.

“My community is absolutely outraged they have been shut out and denied any opportunity to participate in this process.”

It’s expected Finance Minister Damien Tudehope will move to ban sex-selective abortions and One Nation NSW leader Mark Latham is aiming to introduce amendments to protect the consciences of medical professionals.

Photo credit: screen shot (https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/berejiklian-delays-abortion-vote-to-calm-furious-conservative-mps-20190820-p52iwi.html)

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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