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See your MP’s entire voting record on life issues

The Where Do They Stand e-democracy platform has now been updated with the two recent votes on abortion.

If you have not used the platform, I would recommend taking a look at it now. It works like our email MP functions – all you need to do is enter your postcode. It will then produce a simple traffic-light outline of how your MP has voted on life issues during their time in Parliament.

The page also includes other useful information on your MP (contact details, links to their Twitter account, Facebook account and Wikipedia page) which makes it easier for you to have all their information to hand, ahead of getting in contact with them on life issues.

There is also an excellent resource on the home page of the site which outlines areas where ComRes polling shows the majority of the population actually support restricting our current abortion laws. It also shows that while some may identify as ‘pro-choice’, the vast majority of the population do not support the absolute ‘pro-choice’ position – which is legalising abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth. You will see there that only 1% of women in the UK support this position.

We have found highlighting these figures in conversations with MPs can be very useful in demonstrating how far out-of-line with public opinion our current abortion legislation is. The polling shows that it is likely that the majority of their constituents are, in fact, far more supportive of restricting rather than introducing more extreme abortion legislation.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WHERE DO THEY STAND PLATFORM

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:

Help stop abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities including Down's syndrome & club foot