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New Zealand birth rate lowest ever recorded

2020 has seen New Zealand’s lowest birth rate on record according to latest statistics.

New Zealand’s total fertility rate fell in 2020 down to 1.61 births per woman compared to 1.72 in 2019. This rate is well below the population replacement rate of 2.1.

In 2020, there were 57,753 live births registered in New Zealand, down 2,064 (3 percent) from the previous year.

Extreme abortion law introduced to New Zealand

In 2020, New Zealand MPs voted to introduce the world’s most extreme abortion law in the world. The new law allows abortion de facto on-demand , up to birth.

Additionally, there is now no requirement that doctors must be involved with an abortion ‘procedure’ and andthe new law has also legalised sex-selective abortion. This new abortion law came into effect at the end of March 2020.

Figures obtained by news outlet Newshub show that between the end of March and the start of August, “just over 4,900” abortions took place within 21 weeks of pregnancy.  Newshub reports that, compared to the same window of time over the previous three years, this amounts to a rise of about nine percent.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “The consequences of an overall decline in fertility are likely to be severe in the long run, because, for example, lower birth rates create a skewed population pyramid with an ever-increasing elderly population and fewer young people to support them. The serious economic consequences of this are not hard to imagine”.

“The overall reduction in fertility is yet another negative side effect of the widespread availability of abortion, and it is a side effect whose consequences will be felt for years to come”.

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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