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New moves to introduce pro-life law to Croatia underway

Politicians in Croatia have begun procedures to introduce strong pro-life legislation into the country that aims to protect life from conception.

Currently, the law permits abortion up until 10 weeks’ gestation and allows abortion after that point in limited circumstances.

Under the new proposals, abortion would be permitted only if a mother’s life was in danger. Instead, under the party’s proposals, the focus would be on education, counselling and prevention.

Politicians started gathering signatures on Monday of this week. They need at least 30 for the matter to be included on parliament’s agenda. They have appealed to all the lawmakers who have previously said they are pro-life to sign the petition.

“Now we will see whether they care more about values or party discipline”

Hrvoje Zekanović said: “This is a chance for all those who call themselves Christian Democrats to prove that they are indeed prepared to protect human life from its conception”.

“Now we will see whether they care more about values or party discipline, especially members of the (ruling) HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) whose president is so afraid of raising this issue that he did not even honour the deadline which the Constitutional Court gave him a long time ago to change the law”.

In 2017 the Constitutional Court ordered parliament to pass a new law on abortion within two years, which has not happened. 

This moves comes after Poland has introduced strong legal protections for babies in the womb, recently banning abortion on the grounds of disability. The previous law in Poland, which permitted abortion on these grounds, was found to be incompatible with the constitution, which forbids such discrimination.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson said: “Babies in the womb deserve the same legal protection as everyone else. It is encouraging to see more countries trying to introduce legislation to protect life at its most vulnerable”. 

“As Zekanović implies, attempts to introduce pro-life legislation are a chance for voters to see where politicians’ loyalities really lie. Are they really pro-life, and willing to put their name on a bill which says as much? Or are they more concerned with their place in their party and seeming to be pro-life to getvotes? Whether or not this vote is successful, it will at least let voters know which of their representatives are genuinely pro-life and which aren’t”.

“It is now vital that pro-lifers across Croatia urgently contact their Sabor members asking them to add their signature to this proposal to ensure that this important issue is included on the Croatian Parliament’s agenda.”

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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:

If you live outside Northern Ireland: 
Show your support by signing this petition in support of the Bill:

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