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Action alert 🔥 Submit to consultation to stop abortion up to birth for Down’s syndrome

Earlier this year the Northern Ireland Assembly voted on the Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill and it it passed Second Stage by 48 votes to 12.

The Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill will remove the current grounds in the Northern Ireland abortion regulations that were imposed on Northern Ireland that allow abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’. 

Under these grounds in the regulations, 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.

TAKE ACTION

The Northern Ireland Health Committee is now undertaking a consultation on the Bill and is seeking submissions from the public.

It is important that as many people as possible submit to the consultation in support of the Bill to clearly show that there is widespread support for this important change.

Today we have launched a tool which makes it easy to make your submission quickly. Please click the button below to make your submission now.

WE’RE HIRING

We are currently hiring for a number of positions across media, public affairs, digital and development.

In particular we are looking to urgently fill positions in our Public Affairs team, to ensure that we have the right team in place ahead of our opposition making further attempts to introduce radical changes to abortion law, which is expected to happen later in the year.

We are looking for highly-skilled, hard-working, professional individuals to join us.

If this is of interest to you or if you know of anyone that would be suitable for one of the positions, please click the button below to view the roles we are looking to hire for and learn how to apply.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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