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Conservative Gov abandons neutrality to impose abortion on Northern Ireland

The Conservative Government appears to have abandoned its neutral policy in regard to abortion as it promotes legislation which would force abortion on Northern Ireland.

For various legislative reasons, an abortion amendment added to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill will not function as intended and would not implement abortion in Northern Ireland. 

However, the Government has since made clear that it is working to redraft the abortion clause so that the Bill will force abortion onto Northern Ireland.

On behalf of the Government, Lord Ian Duncan said: “I have just met [the MPs who proposed the amendments] to discuss how best to take this forward and to ensure that [the amendments] can be delivered.”

Commentators have reported that the outgoing Prime Minister, Theresa May, is concerned to leave a strong legacy. Currently, it looks like she will head the first Conservative Government, not only to actively change abortion legislation but to do so against the expressed will of 100% of MPs representing Northern Ireland, all of whom voted against the abortion amendment.

Whilst the original amendment to force abortion on Northern Ireland came from Stella Creasy MP and a number of other MPs, the Conservative Government have since committed to redrafting the amendment. Should it succeed, they will be directly responsible for the imposition on abortion on Northern Ireland.

Due to the pro-life laws in Northern Ireland 100,000 people are alive today who would otherwise not be. The Government are now actively attempting to remove those legal protections that protected the lives of these people.

Clare McCarthy from Right To Life UK said:

Polling shows that two-thirds of Tory councillors oppose Westminster forcing abortion on Northern Ireland, which likely reflects the sentiment of grassroots Conservative voters.”

“It is truly disappointing that this Conservative Government look set to be the first, not only to change abortion legislation, but to break the devolution settlement and impose it on a region that does not want it.”

“As Lord Shinkwin said last night, Theresa May will leave a “burning injustice” as her legacy if she continues to support forcing abortion on Northern Ireland.”

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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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