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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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SPUC Cares about Women

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.

Keep your child Safe at School

Safe At School
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  • In September 2020 Relationships Education in primary schools and Relationships and Sex Education in secondary schools will become compulsory subjects in all schools in England. From that date parents will not be allowed to withdraw their children from these lessons. Watch our video.
  • A new booklet titled ‘Abortion and Abortion Care Factsheet’ targeted at secondary schools in England is presenting some inaccurate and misleading information about abortion. Please sign the petition.

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About SPUC Safe at School

Safe at School is a campaign run by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). SPUC is committed to protecting families and defending the rights of parents to be the primary educators of their children in matters relating to personal relationships, marriage, family life and the dignity of human life. We defend the family because unborn children are statistically safer from abortion when their mother and father are married. Pro-life values are nurtured first and foremost in the family.

Safe at School gives confidential advice and support to parents who are facing a difficult or challenging situation at their child’s school. Please call Antonia Tully on 020 8407 3463.

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."