Protect Special Babies; Don't Amend The Abortion Law!
The Justice Minister of Northern Ireland, Mr David Ford MLA, proposes to legalise abortion in cases of, as he refers to, 'lethal foetal abnormalities and sexual crime'. This proposal must be rejected! The unconditional right to life of all human beings must be respected. All children, before as well as after birth, deserve equal protection in law, policy and practice, regardless of their disabilities or the circumstances of their conception.
OPENING THE FLOOD GATES
One only has to look at the practice of abortion under the Abortion Act 1967 to understand that abortion in ‘certain limited and clearly defined circumstances’ in legislation eventually leads to abortion on demand in practice. The staggering statistic of 7,875,462 abortions performed since the enactment of the Abortion Act 1967 reveals the residing power in the hands of the medical profession who, with a tick of a box, can authorise the killing of an unborn baby, in the name of saving the mother’s life or preventing injury to her physical or mental health.
According to the Bruce Inquiry, a Parliamentary Inquiry into Abortion on the Grounds of Disability 2013, chaired by Fiona Bruce MP, there is a strong presumption that parents whose unborn babies have been diagnosed with a disability would choose to have them aborted. This has led to subtle or direct pressure being placed on parents who decided not to abort. Under ‘ground E’ of the Abortion Act 1967, abortions are permitted at any time up to and including birth if there is a ‘substantial risk’ that the child might be born ‘seriously handicapped’. Some of the most common congenital abnormalities accounting for abortions in England and Wales are ‘trisomies’. The most common trisomies are Down’s syndrome (trisomy 21), Edward’s syndrome (trisomy 18) and Patau syndrome (trisomy 13).
During the passage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act in 1990, Professor John Finnis and Professor John Keown had warned parliamentarians that once the law is amended to allow abortion in cases of disability up to birth, an otherwise healthy unborn baby of more than six months could be legally aborted for having no more than ‘a hare lip or a cleft palate’. Professor Finnis and Professor Keown were mocked and ridiculed, but have since been proven right.
- In 2010, there were 128 abortions for spina bifida, including 12 after 24 weeks. Musculoskeletal problems such as club foot were the reason for 181 abortions, including eight over 24 weeks. There were seven abortions on the grounds of a cleft palate, rising to 26 abortions for this condition since 2002.
- According to the Bruce Inquiry, 90% of unborn babies diagnosed with Down’s syndrome are aborted.
Considering the above, there is no reason to believe that the Justice Minister’s medically meaningless criteria, ‘incompatible with life’, will only be restricted to ‘lethal foetal abnormalities’.
And what are the implications of the Justice Minister's proposals for babies born with disabilities, deemed ‘incompatible with life’? Will they be abandoned and left to die? Or will healthcare professionals seek to actively end the lives of these vulnerable and defenceless babies?
Sign the petition NOW to protect special babies! They deserve love, not abortion.
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Petition to: The Minister for Justice of the Northern Ireland Assembly