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US State, Illinois, introduces extreme abortion law permitting abortion up to birth

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In anticipation of a legal challenge to abortion law (Roe vs Wade) at a federal level – provoked by states such as Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, and Mississippi all introducing pro-life legislation protecting and recognising the right to life of the unborn child – states such as Illinois and Nevada are introducing radical pro-abortion legislation which appears to remove all legal protection for unborn children, and therefore permitting abortion up until the birth of the child.

If Roe vs Wade is overturned in the Supreme Court, it becomes the prerogative of individual states to make decisions about abortion law. As such, some states are passing radically pro-abortion laws whereas others are passing pro-life legislation.

Most recently, the state of Illinois has introduced legislation which makes abortion a “fundamental right”, stating that a “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights.” The bill also rolls back some state restrictions on late-term abortions by repealing Illinois’ Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. This piece of legislation involved banning “partial birth” or D & X abortions whereby the child is killed in the process of extracting him/her from the womb.

This extreme abortion legislation which grants no legal recognition to unborn children at all, is also likely to have severe adverse consequences for medical professionals who, for reasons of conscience, refuse to be involved in the abortion procedure.

This radical legislation and similar legislation in New York, supported in principle by British abortion lobby groups such as the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which allows abortion up until birth, is endorsed by only 1% of people in Britain. This is compared to 70% of women who want to see the abortion limit reduced to 20 weeks or below.

“This bill remains the most radically pro-abortion measure of its kind and would make Illinois an abortion destination for the country,” said Peter Breen, a former Illinois state legislator.

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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