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MPs from across the House criticise pro-abortion amendments to Northern Ireland Bill

Last night MPs from across the House of Commons spoke out as pro-abortion campaigners remained intent on forcing abortion on Northern Ireland and ignoring devolution as the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill progressed through its second reading in the House of Commons.

Ahead of the important Committee stage in the progress of the Bill where radical abortion amendments are expected to be added today, a number of MPs from across the House expressed their displeasure about the nature of the extremely divisive abortion amendments.

Labour party MP, Kate Hoey, criticised the amendments to the Bill “that are going to divide people very much”. Rather, tackling “historical institutional abuse” is something “which unites all the political parties”, and this would be a much more appropriate concern.

Ian Paisley MP, Sammy Wilson MP and Emma Little Pengelly MP from the DUP all criticised the amendments as a fundamental attack on devolution, with Paisley saying:

“[T]he amendments tabled to the Bill are about usurping the powers placed in Northern Ireland and bringing them back [to Westminster.]”

Equally Conservative MP, Fiona Bruce, criticised the abortion amendments to this Bill as being “out of scope” of the substance of the Bill itself. The Northern Ireland Bill is primarily concerned with extending the period for forming an Executive, from August 2019 to October 2019.

The “narrow scope [of the Bill] should be respected. It is not a Bill that should be used to upset the devolution position,” said Fiona Bruce.

Beyond the procedural impropriety of the Bill, Ian Paisley, drew attention to the fact that there is no human right to abortion in the European Convention on Human Rights, and that the majority of the people of Northern Ireland support abortion law remaining a devolved issue to be decided by the people of Northern Ireland and their representatives.

These are significant contributions ahead of the Committee stage of the Bill where the extreme abortion amendments are likely to be introduced. Evidence from past attempts to change the abortion law in Northern Ireland suggests that pro-abortion MPs will probably seek to remove sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against The Person Act, immediately making abortion legal for any reason throughout the first 28 weeks (about 7 months) of pregnancy.

The abortion amendments are expected to be brought forth today (09/07) as the Bill is fast-tracked through Parliament.

Right To Life has created a function to allow the public to quickly and easily email their MP about these abortion amendments to prevent them coming into affect.

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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