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Mother beaten and tortured by her boyfriend in attempted forced abortion

Three people forced laundry detergent into a pregnant teenager’s mouth as they tried to make her have a miscarriage, a court has heard. The teenager’s boyfriend, Harief Pearson, 22, orchestrated the attack “because he did not want to be a father”.

Prior to his attempt to end the life his unborn child, Pearson had searched “how to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy” and “what can heroin do to an unborn baby” on his phone.

As his two accomplices punched, stamped and kicked the girl on her stomach, back and chest, then ripped off one of her nails and poured alcohol over her face. He told the pregnant victim “it didn’t have to be like this.”

Fortunately, despite this torture, both the mother and her child survived the attack.

Right To Life UK has previously raised concerns about forced abortions in relation to abortion pills being made available to take at home, because it could make them far more difficult to detect.

Clare McCarthy of Right To Life UK said:

[Making the second abortion pill available to take at home] poses a threat to vulnerable girls who are at risk from sex-trafficking or child-sex abuse, as the ‘home’ abortion could be used by their abusers as a means to more easily cover up trafficking or abuse scandals.

In 2018, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, made it possible to take the 2nd pill used in a medical abortion (misoprostol) at home. In this case, it was the especially violent nature of  Pearson’s attack his girlfriend that made his crime so clear.

However, the use of the abortion pill at home without any supervision, could make forced abortions far more difficult to detect.

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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:

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Show your support by signing this petition in support of the Bill:

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