N I Bill to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities passes committee stage

Oct 23, 2021 by

from Christian Today:

A Bill to abolish discriminatory abortion rules for disabled babies in Northern Ireland took a step closer to becoming law today.

The Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill passed Committee Stage in the Northern Ireland Assembly after a majority vote 3-2 in favour.

The Bill wants to make it illegal to abort a baby up to birth for disabilities such as Down’s syndrome, club foot or cleft lip.

It passed Committee Stage after hearing evidence from a number of individuals and organisations, including campaigner Heidi Crowter, who has Down’s syndrome and has been seeking to change the laws in England.

The Bill now moves to the Consideration Stage.

Welcoming today’s vote, CARE NI Policy Officer, Rebecca Stevenson, said the Bill represented “an important first step” in achieving “life-affirming laws that uphold the value of women and babies”.

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