Ask your MP to support the Abortion (Cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot) Bill
a campaign to protect the lives of babies with
a campaign to protect the lives of unborn babies with
The Abortion (Cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot) Bill
A cross-party group of MPs from the three largest parties in the UK Parliament, led by Fiona Bruce MP, have come together to bring forward the Abortion (Cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot) Bill.
The Bill will change the law to clarify that cleft palate, cleft lip, and club foot are not grounds for abortion in the UK.
Currently abortion is allowed up to birth for babies with disabilities.
This has been interpreted to include cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot, meaning abortion is legal up to birth based solely on a primary diagnosis of one of these conditions.
Official abortion statistics for England and Wales show that abortions are happening on the grounds that a baby has one of these conditions.
Due to underreporting, these figures are likely significantly higher.
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate:
75 babies with either cleft lip or cleft palate as their principal condition were aborted between 2011 and 2018. The figures are likely to be much higher – for example a 2013 review by Eurocat showed 157 babies with cleft lip and palate were aborted in England and Wales between 2006 and 2010. However, the Department of Health & Social Care (DoHSC) recorded only 14 such abortions.
All of these conditions can be corrected
Cleft lip, cleft palate and clubfoot can all be corrected by surgery, and corrective therapy for clubfoot is successful for the vast majority of patients.
What are these conditions?
Who do they affect and how can they be treated?
How can it be treated?
There is no shortage of testimonials on individuals who have been diagnosed with cleft lip, cleft palate or club foot and were not held back.
Steven Gerrardformer Liverpool and England captain and Champions League winner
Sir Walter ScottScottish historical novelist and playwrightDudley Moore
English actor, comedian, musician and composerKristi Yamaguchi1992 olympic gold medal champion for figure skating
Joaquin PhoenixOscar-winning actor
English War & Peace and The Musketeers actor
US pro road 2012 champion for cycling
German philosopher and sociologist
It’s time for:
We have also ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, together this clearly demonstrates that the UK’s attitude to those with disabilities have changed from the last time major abortion legislation was voted on (1990).
Do you or a family member have cleft lip, cleft palate or club foot and are interested in showing your support for the campaign?
Ask your MPs to protect the lives of unborn babies with cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot