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MLAs ready for Stormont return, say pro-life campaigners

A pro-life campaign group believes that there are enough Members of Northern Ireland’s Legislative Assembly on board to force the Assembly to be recalled before an extreme abortion law is imposed upon the province.

Both Lives Matter said that over the last few days it had contacted MLAs asking them to pledge to return to Stormont before October 22.

They announced yesterday that enough MLAs had now backed their call to take advantage of a section of the Northern Ireland Act which states that if at least 30 MLAs ask the Speaker to recall the Assembly, he will summon members.

However, the move is only the first step towards stopping the introduction of an extreme abortion law to Northern Ireland as Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) would still need to form an Executive before the abortion law could be halted. 

The DUP has stated their willingness to form an executive for this reason, but Sinn Féin has given no indication it is willing to do so.

Last year, Sinn Féin delegates voted to in favour of extending abortion access in Northern Ireland. The party also rejected a motion that would allow party members to have a ‘conscience vote’ on abortion. meaning members of the party are now obliged to follow Sinn Féin’s explicitly pro-abortion stance.

Last night, Northern Ireland Minister Robin Walker reminded the House of Commons that unless an Executive is formed by Monday, the Government will proceed with plans to impose an extreme abortion law on the province. 

Mr Walker told MPs: “Whilst every effort is being made to restore an Executive, I must also take steps to ensure the Government is able to meet its obligations should an Executive not be formed in the statutory deadline.”

He added: “The British and Irish Governments both share the view that there remains an opportunity in the coming days to reach an accommodation – indeed the Secretary of State is not here in person to start the debate as he has decided to stay in Northern Ireland to continue engaging with the parties this evening.”

Talks have been scheduled for today and tomorrow.

Last week, the Northern Ireland Office launched its nationwide abortion marketing campaign

Dawn McAvoy co-founder of Both Lives Matter said, “This abortion regime will remove every explicit legal protection from all unborn children up to the point at which they are capable of being born alive or 28 weeks gestation.

“Whatever the outcome this petition will help the public to see who is committed to returning to the Assembly and a functioning devolved government in NI”.

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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