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Pro-life Senator Rónán Mullen re-elected to Ireland Senate with highest vote ever

Pro-life Senator Rónán Mullen has been successfully re-elected to the Seanad, the upper house of Ireland’s legislature, after topping the National University of Ireland (NUI) panel.

Rónán secured his fourth consecutive election receiving a record number of 9,642 first preference votes from a total of 38,118 – the largest ever turnout.

It is over twice the number of votes compared with the first time he ran in 2007 when he secured 4,661 votes. He retained his seats in 2011 after topping the poll with 6,459 first preference votes, doing the same again in 2016 with 9,016 first preference votes.

Rónán – a fearless defender of the unborn – said the signing into law of Ireland’s abortion legislation as a “tragic reversal of Ireland’s history of defending the most vulnerable”.

Lamenting the imposition of an extreme abortion law in Northern Ireland he described the regime as “an act of extreme moral and legislative violence” and “another dark, dark chapter in our history.”

Rónán’s victory comes after Ireland’s general election last month saw all fifteen pro-life politicians, who had voted against legalising abortion in 2018, re-elected to the lower house of Ireland’s parliament (Dáil Éireann).

In contrast, many of the country’s strident pro-abortion politicians lost their seats.

After the result was declared, Rónán said: “These are tough times for everybody. While it is good to have something to celebrate, I am mindful of the current health crisis we are all experiencing. Like everyone else, I am concerned for the safety and wellbeing of family and friends. I commend those who took time to vote in these days, and especially those who supported my campaign.

“I look forward to playing my part in developing good laws for the country at a time of tremendous challenge. I will continue to speak up and act in defence of human dignity in every way I can.”

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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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