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House of Lords will attempt to prevent abortion being forced on Northern Ireland

Members of the House of Lords are introducing amendments to a Bill to prevent it from forcing abortion on Northern Ireland.

As the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill is being fast-tracked through its final stages in the House of Lords on Monday and Wednesday next week (15/07, and 17/07), some members of the House of Lords are calling for measures to ensure the Bill is not hijacked to force abortion on demand on Northern Ireland.

These measures include the removal of the abortion amendment which intends to force abortion on demand on Northern Ireland and which should have been considered to be ‘out of scope’ of the Bill.

Baroness O’Loan has also added another amendment, designed to respect the devolution settlement with Northern Ireland by requiring a majority of Members of the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland (MLAs) to approve any legislation before it is laid before Parliament.

Abortion remains a devolved issue in Northern Ireland, which means that the Assembly in Northern Ireland has the authority to make its own abortion law independent of the Government in Westminster.

Those members of the House of Lords bringing in these amendments are attempting to safeguard the sovereignty of Northern Ireland in making its own abortion law.

Right To Life UK has set up a function to enable the public to encourage members of the House of Lords to speak in the debates and to reject the pro-abortion amendment.

Clare McCarthy from Right To Life UK said

“It’s really important that as many people as possible encourage the members of the House of Lords to reject these abortion amendments.”

“From a pro-life perspective, the House of Lords has an opportunity to save lives in Northern Ireland. But even if someone is not pro-life the indifference on display in the House of Commons to the norms of parliamentary procedure should be a concern for all. So wherever you stand on this issue, please consider contacting the Lords urging them to try to prevent abortion being forced 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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