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Nicola Sturgeon announces expanded abortion access a priority for the Scottish Government

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that the Scottish Government will expand access to abortion in Scotland, despite last year’s figures being the second highest on record.

Speaking in Holyrood on Tuesday 1 September, Sturgeon outlined her party’s intention to expand access to abortion over the next 12 months.

The pledge is also included in the Government’s Programme for 2020-2021, which sets out the actions they will take in the coming year as a “priority action”.

Second-highest abortion figures on record

The SNP Government plan to expand access to abortion comes just one week after the release of official statistics revealed that the number of abortions carried out in Scotland last year reached the second highest number on record.

Official figures from Public Health Scotland show that 13,583 terminations carried out in 2019 – the highest total since 2008 and an increase of 297 from 2018 when there were 13,286 abortions.

SNP MP faces difficulty for pro-life values

One SNP MP, Dr Lisa Cameron, has faced difficulty for holding pro-life values whilst being in the party.  

Ahead of last year’s general election, Dr Cameron revealed fears that her opposition to imposing an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland resulted in her being the last party member approved to stand for re-election.

In July 2019, the former doctor voted against an amendment which would force abortion on Northern Ireland.

While the matter was a free vote for individuals to decide in line with their own conscience, Nicola Sturgeon made it clear that she supported abortion.

Dr Camron revealed at the time her office had received more than 900 messages of “abuse” and “cyberbullying” for voting against the amendment.

Since then, Dr Cameron has continued to face a campaign of abuse from abortion activists and recently received a death threat against an elderly relative following her vote against a Bill that would deny women practical and emotional support outside abortion clinics.

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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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