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Tennessee set to become 7th state to attempt to ban abortion

The state of Tennessee is attempting to introduce strong pro-life laws which would create a near total ban on abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

This week the state’s judiciary committee will debate amendments on a fetal heartbeat Bill. While the original Bill sought to restrict abortion after the baby’s heartbeat could be detected – around 6 weeks, but it can be detected earlier – the amendments added to this Bill intend to protect unborn life throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Ending a pregnancy prematurely would only be permitted if the mother’s life were in danger or if she is likely to experience serious injury.

Tennessee will likely join a national trend which has seen six other states – Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Ohio – introduce strong pro-life legislation which protects unborn life throughout all nine months of pregnancy or from an early gestational age.

Along with the other states seeking to implement pro-life laws, Tennessee has already faced legal challenges to this Bill and is likely to face further challenges. The implementation of most of these pro-life laws has so far been blocked by federal judges.

However state Senator Kerry Roberts said that those behind these Bills are not concerned that they are being blocked in court, as these Bills form part of a long term legal challenge to the Roe vs Wade decision which prevents states from banning abortion.

Supporters of these pro-life Bills hope that they will ultimately be able to challenge and overturn Roe vs Wade in the Supreme Court. Doing so would return decisions regarding abortion law back to the states.

In anticipation of a possible successful legal challenge to Roe vs Wade states have recently been producing their own abortion legislation. Not only have some states attempted to enact strong pro-life laws, others 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 changes on the Supreme Court, many pro-lifers are hopeful 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.

As states in the US enact legislation designed to protect unborn life, Northern Ireland will have an extreme abortion regime imposed on it by Westminster unless the Parliamentary Assembly is able to reconvene by 21st October.

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:

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