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Over 50,000 march for life in Slovakia, ahead of a parliamentary debate on abortion

Tens of thousands of pro-life campaigners marched in Slovakia’s capital on Sunday calling on the country’s leaders to protect unborn babies.

Over 50,000 people gathered in the streets of Bratislava for The National March for Life ahead of a parliamentary debate on abortion restriction scheduled this month.

Campaigners carried signs saying: “a human is human regardless of size” and “who kills an unborn child kills the future of the nation”.

“The life of every human is invaluable, therefore it needs to be protected from conception until natural death,” one of the organizers said.

In Slovakia, abortions are permitted without restriction up until 12 weeks gestation. After twelve weeks, a group of physicians can approve an abortion in cases where the life of the mother is at risk or the unborn child is thought to be disabled.

MPs want to protect unborn babies from abortion by reducing the permissible time limit to 6-8 weeks or banning it altogether, with the country’s parliament due to discuss the proposed protections later this month.

The ruling parties — the social democrat party Smer and the junior Slovak National Party have not indicated any support.

Abortion and the right to life are likely to be key campaign issues as Slovakia’s political parties gear up for the February 2020 general election.

The number of abortions in the country, with a population of 5.4 million, has been decreasing.

In 1997 more than 20,000 women chose to have an abortion, last year this number had decreased to 7,350, according to Slovakia’s Statistical Office.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“Pro-life marches continue to attract millions of people across Europe and the rest of the world. We hope that those working in law and government take note of the growing number of voices speaking up for life and enact positive legislation that will protect women and 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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