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Abortion on basis of sex and race defended by American abortion provider Planned Parenthood

After most of a Missouri pro-life law was blocked, American abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, has said it will continue to fight that portion of the legislation prohibiting abortions based on race, sex or an in utero diagnosis of Down’s syndrome.

Dr Colleen McNicholas, a chief medical officer with the organisation, said, “Every reason to have an abortion is a valid reason.”

The Missouri ‘Stands for the Unborn Act’, was set to come into force on Wednesday (28/08), but has been temporarily blocked by US District Judge Howard Sachs. Had the law come into effect, it would permit abortion only in medical emergencies after 8 weeks gestation.

Republican Governor Mike Parson said it would allow Missouri to become “one of the strongest pro-life states in the country”.

Mr Sachs said it was not to be enforced, “pending litigation or further order of the court”.

“While federal courts should generally be very cautious before delaying the effect of State laws, the sense of caution may be mitigated when the legislation seems designed, as here, as a protest against Supreme Court decisions,” he said

The Judge’s decision came after Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state of Missouri. They argued the law was unconstitutional because of its apparent conflict with the Roe vs Wade (1973) Supreme Court decision which made abortion legal across the United States.

However, the judge did permit that portion of the legislation to take effect which prohibits abortion “solely because of a prenatal diagnosis, test, or screening indicating Down Syndrome or the potential of Down Syndrome in an unborn child, or because of the sex or race of the unborn child.”

Planned Parenthood have made clear their intention to fight this portion of the legislation too. They want abortion on the basis of the sex of the unborn child as well as his/her race to be legally permitted.

Dr McNicholas, who works for Planned Parenthood, said “Every reason to have an abortion is a valid reason,”

Planned Parenthood is the USA’s largest abortion provider, performing 332,757 abortions in 2018.

In anticipation of a possible legal challenge to Roe vs Wade, a number of states including , Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, have introduced strong pro-life legislation which protects unborn life throughout all nine months of pregnancy or from an early gestational age.

At the same time other states such as New York, Nevada, Illinois and Vermont, have introduced their own extreme abortion laws which offer nearly unrestricted access to abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Due to recent additions to the Supreme Court, many pro-lifers are hopeful that the Court now has enough pro-life judges that, if Roe vs Wade were challenged, there is a reasonable chance that it might be overturned.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“Planned Parenthood are openly advocating for sexist and racist abortions. They want it to be legal to end the life of an unborn child because that child is not the desired sex or race.”

“As shocking as this is, the abortion regime soon to be imposed on Northern Ireland (unless Stormont can reconvene) will permit abortion on the basis of sex or race up until 28 weeks (7 months) gestation, which is well past the point of viability.”

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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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