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Number of people supporting abortion decreases, new survey finds

A growing number of people around the world are opposed to abortion, according to a new survey conducted by Ipsos MORI.

The poll, which questioned 17,500 people from 25 countries, found only 44% of those surveyed believe “abortion should be permitted whenever a woman decides she wants one”. 

Additionally, the survey showed there had been a 5% decrease between 2016 and 2020 in the number of people supporting abortion either “whenever a woman decides she wants one” or “in certain circumstances, such as if a woman has been raped”.  

Out of the 25 countries surveyed, 56% (14) showed a decline in abortion support “whenever a woman decides she wants one” or “in certain circumstances, such as if a woman has been raped”. In comparison just 32% (8) countries surveyed showed growing support for abortion in these circumstances, while 12% (3) countries showed no change.

The UK, Germany, France, and Spain were among the countries to show a decline.

Attitudes on abortion ignored

Despite growing pro-life attitudes around the world, parliamentarians have ignored the people they represent and have introduced more extreme abortion legislation throughout 2020.

Earlier this year, New Zealand MPs introduced the most extreme abortion law in the world.

The legislation was rushed through its final stages by New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, while MPs, the media and the country were distracted with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Polling shows that the new law is strongly opposed by the public in New Zealand, and in particular by women, with only 2% of women supporting abortion being available on-demand up to birth, 93% of women opposing sex-selective abortion being legal and 94% of women supporting the current legal standards for abortion providers and premises.

In the UK, Westminster voted in favour of imposing a radical abortion regime on Northern Ireland.

The legislation was forced upon the province, despite 79% of consultation respondents stating they were opposed to any change in the current law.

In addition, a majority of Northern Ireland’s 90 MLAs voted to reject the regulations and over 18,000 people signed an open letter urging Westminster to let the province decide its own abortion laws.

‘Encouraging’

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said: “It’s encouraging to see growing support for legal protections for unborn children around the world coinciding with growing numbers of people attending pro-life marches.

“We hope this will be combined with parliamentarians starting to listen to the people they represent and doing more to support pregnant women and protect the lives of unborn babies.

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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