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First babies likely to be aborted this week under new Northern Ireland abortion regime

A pro-abortion organisation has announced that it has launched an abortion service that will operate across Northern Ireland, meaning babies are likely to begin being aborted under Northern Ireland’s new abortion regime this week.

Pro-abortion organisation Informing Choices NI (Formerly Family Planning Association Northern Ireland)  has launched what it describes as a “Central Access Point which will provide a pathway into local abortion services.”

The new scheme will promote abortion services to women in Northern Ireland and then refer them on to local providers where they will be provided with medical abortions. Women will take the first abortion pill, misoprostol, at the local provider and then be sent home to take the second set of abortion pills, misoprostol, after which they will pass their unborn child at home.

 Until now health and social care trusts in Northern Ireland hadn’t rolled out any abortion ‘services’ despite the extreme abortion regime coming into effect at the end of March.  

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has ensured its focus and resources are on saving lives from Coronavirus. 

However, abortion activists at Alliance for Choice threatened legal action against the Department of Health.

Following the legal threat, the Northern Ireland Department of Health announced that it would allow medical professionals to begin providing abortions.

The announcement comes just one week after the UK’s largest abortion provider, BPAS, launched an illegal ‘DIY’ abortion service in Northern Ireland.

‘DIY’ home abortions allow women to take both sets of potentially dangerous abortion pills at home by themselves without a doctor or other medical professional present, meaning they will be left to pass their unborn child at home without direct medical supervision.

Under the current law in Northern Ireland, the first abortion pill must be taken in a clinic under medical supervision while the second can be taken from home.

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has faced significant pressure from English abortion providers Marie Stopes and BPAS to make ‘DIY’ abortions legal in the province but have resisted allowing ‘DIY’ abortions.

The Northern Ireland Office, which drafted the extreme abortion framework, revealed 79% of its over 21,000 respondents to a public consultation had “expressed a view registering their general opposition to any abortion provision in Northern Ireland beyond that which is currently permitted”.

Additionally, a poll has shown that 58% of Sinn Féin voters and 54% of DUP voters want their country’s new abortion framework to only allow abortions when the mother’s life is at risk.

Only 5% of all voters support introducing abortion through to 24 weeks, which is in line with what the Government will be introducing to Northern Ireland.

Right To Life UK has launched its SaveLives: Repeal campaign urging Northern Ireland’s politicians to save lives by repealing the extreme abortion regime.

Additionally, Northern Ireland MLAs have called for an opportunity to introduce new legislation to repeal the new extreme abortion regime.

Dr Audrey Simpson, chair of Informing Choices NI, said: “We are delighted to provide this interim central access point to enable access to early medical abortion services in our local health trusts.”

“We stand by women and girls and all pregnancy choices.”

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“This is a tragic week for Northern Ireland. This week babies will likely begin to be aborted in Northern Ireland under the new Westminster-imposed abortion regime.

“It is urgent that those living in Northern Ireland contact their MLAs, asking them to bring forward legislation as soon as possible to Stormont to repeal this extreme change to the law. Until then abortion activists will continue to exploit our current crisis to further advance their extreme abortion regime.”

“When announcing the roll out of their new abortion service in Northern Ireland, the chair of Informing Choices NI Dr Audrey Simpson said she stands by women and girls and all pregnancy choices, but this is sadly not the case.

“The pro-abortion lobby is all about forcing abortion on Northern Ireland at any cost, with absolutely no interest in providing real practical support to Northern Irish women facing crisis pregnancies.

“What this shows yet again is that the so-called ‘pro-choice’ lobby is really just pro-abortion. If Informing Choices NI were really interested in offering choice they would be announcing measures which support women facing crisis pregnancies who wish to keep their babies.”

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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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