The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted on the Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill and it has passed Second Stage by 48 votes to 12.
Monday’s vote is a significant milestone in the journey towards ending abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot in Northern Ireland. It’s also amazing to see the very large majority that voted for this Bill.
Thank you to everyone who has helped to achieve this significant vote.
MLAs have received tens of thousands of emails from supporters in Northern Ireland through the tool on the Equally Human campaign website and over 26,000 people have signed our petition in support of the Bill.
This vote has sent a very clear message that people with disabilities are equally human and the people of Northern Ireland want the British Government’s disability abortion provision, which directly discriminates against people with disabilities, removed as soon as possible.
We are not there yet though.
The Bill will now proceed onto Committee Stage and will then have a number of hurdles to pass before becoming law.
I will be keeping you updated as the Bill progresses and will let you know when you can take further action along the way to help.
We have put more information on the victory in a news article that has just been published on Right To Life News. You can view that by clicking here.
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