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Northern Ireland: Defend Unborn Children

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Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where abortion remains presumptively unlawful 

When Westminster passed the Abortion Act in 1967 the Northern Ireland Parliament chose to retain the laws which protected children before birth. This means that Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where abortion remains presumptively unlawful. Although the courts recognise a legal defence for a doctor who ends a pregnancy when a woman’s life is in danger, the strength of opposition from the people of Northern Ireland and their elected representatives has prevented any liberalisation of the law. Most recently, in February 2016, the Northern Ireland Assembly rejected an attempt to legalise abortion for children diagnosed with a life-limiting condition or conceived through criminal sexual activity.

Abortion Pills: Not Safe or Simple

Abortion Pills: Not Safe or Simple Abortion Pills: Not safe, Not simple.

Around the world abortion is undergoing a major change.

Abortion pills used in so-called medical abortions have overtaken surgical abortions.

Why is this happening?

This shift is being driven by ideological goals including, in the proponents’ words, “empowering women” through:

  • The widest possible availability of abortion
  • Self-managed or do-it-yourself abortions
  • Reducing the involvement of medical professionals.

In Britain and Northern Ireland there are two significant campaigns underway to normalise abortion pills and reduce medical supervision:

  • The decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland, England and Wales
  • Giving women the second abortion pill to take at home rather than in a medical setting in ScotlandWales and England.

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We Care About Women: Oppose Decriminalising Abortion

We Care About Women

SPUC’s campaign against decriminalising abortion

Decriminalising abortion means:

  • Taking abortion outside the law and effectively removing all legal protection for unborn children and their mothers.
  • Making abortion available at any time in pregnancy and for any reason.
  • Leaving women vulnerable to the unscrupulous abortion industry in our country.
  • Opening up dangerous legal home abortions.

 Key arguments against decriminalisation:

  • Decriminalisation is completely unnecessary.
  • Proposals for decriminalisation are anti-democratic.
  • Abortion is not like ‘any other medical treatment’.
  • Abortion is bad healthcare for women.

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  • Relationships Education is about a child's social and moral development. This part of a child's education should take place primarily in the family, and not in the classroom. Parents will not be allowed to withdraw their children from Relationships Education or Health Education.
  • A new booklet titled ‘Abortion and Abortion Care Factsheet’ targeted at secondary schools in England is presenting some inaccurate and misleading information about abortion to pupils. Please sign the petition.

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Pupils in both primary and secondary schools are frequently exposed to explicit, provocative presentations of sexual activity in sex and relationships education (SRE).

At primary school children as young as five years old are taught to identify their sexual organs. As children move up through the primary school they are given visual presentations of sexual intercourse; either as animations, pictures or written descriptions.  Children are told that masturbation is a natural part of growing up, as well as seeing live films of childbirth.

At secondary school the emphasis is on how to access and use contraception. A typical presentation for secondary school pupils is how to use a condom using an anatomical model. Many schools have "confidential clinics" where pupils can be given abortion and contraception advice without the knowledge or consent of their parents.

Welsh People Must Act To Stop Home Abortions

Welsh Assembly The Welsh Health Secretary said he is looking at amending the law to allow home abortions.

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It is crucial that Welsh people act now to stop women being hurt by home abortions, SPUC CEO John Smeaton has said.

Home abortions in Wales

Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething stated that the abortion pill should be authorised for home use. Mr Gething told Assembly Members: "I have instructed officials to start work immediately on how we can amend the legal framework to allow for the treatment of the termination of pregnancy to be carried out at home."

He added: "My officials will now work with stakeholders to develop a fully-costed and timetabled implementation plan."