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Take action – Ask your MP to oppose the extreme abortion framework

You will likely recall that late last year Baroness O’Loan joined a number of prominent people from across the community in Northern Ireland condemning the UK Government’s proposed abortion framework for Northern Ireland.

Thousands of you responded to the Government’s consultation on the proposed abortion framework which goes far beyond the existing law in England and Wales, and that of the Republic of Ireland. The proposals also goes far beyond what the Government is required to do by the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019. 

The Government’s Northern Ireland Office is now reviewing submissions and deciding whether to go ahead with introducing the extreme framework that they have proposed.


This evening we have launched our Protect women, Save lives: Stop the extreme abortion framework campaign to educate the public and MPs on how extreme this proposed framework is.

It is vital that it is clear to MPs that there is a backlash from the community against this proposed framework and that MPs take action to stop the officials in the Northern Ireland Office, who are driving this extreme change, from being allowed to steamroll this extreme abortion regime through.

Please click the button below to write to your MP asking them to take action on this issue and to write to the Prime Minister asking him to stop the introduction of this proposed extreme abortion framework. It only takes 30-seconds.

We need a very big response on this one, so once you have emailed your MP, please do encourage friends and family to email their MP.

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