The Life Institute has called for a review of how a diagnosis of a disability for an unborn child is shared with parents, after shocking new figures show that the number of abortions for babies with Down Syndrome has tripled for women travelling from Ireland since 2018.
A bill that would seek to amend the current abortion law in Northern Ireland that allows for abortions in the case of when the child is diagnosed with a disability in the womb, has passed Committee Stage at the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Back in 2019, Westminster imposed abortion on Northern Ireland with the contrivance of Sinn Féín and the SDLP. Despite the easing of abortion restrictions, abortion access has still been limited in the North. In March this year, Sectary of State, Brandon Lewis, passed the 2021 Abortion Regulations, which will give him the power to force all health bodies in Northern Ireland to provide full abortion services.
"This law makes me feel I am better off dead, I know I’m not, but that’s how it makes me feel," Heidi Crowter told a large group of people with Down’s syndrome and their families outside British High Court yesterday.
In light of Northern Ireland seeking to ban abortions on grounds of a non-fatal disability, including Down's syndrome, Sara McNeill wrote a heart-warming song in celebration of her son's, Tom, first birthday. Tom was diagnosed with Down's syndrome when he was born.
A private members bill is seeking to change Northern Ireland's current abortion law on disability grounds. Currently, abortion is legal in the region for any reason up to 12 weeks, and up to 24 weeks when the mothers life is in danger - but is legal up until birth in the case of a disability, which can include Down's syndrome or a cleft palate.
This past weekend saw the annual Super Bowl championship, one of the world's most watched sporting events. Toyota was one of the advertisers of this years Super Bowl, and their commercial presented a strong pro-life message.
The Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont has voted against the imposition of abortion regulations by Westminster that allow for babies with disabilities to be aborted until birth. The vote was warmly welcomed by disability campaigners and pro-life groups.