GOVERNMENT’S ABORTION BILL

This is not a referendum about abortion in limited circumstances. The Government has published its plan1 for a new abortion law if the 8th Amendment is repealed.

This plan is more extreme than the law in Britain, which results in almost 200,000 abortions every year.2

  • Unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks, for any reason (See ‘Head 7’)
  • Abortion up to ‘viability’ (around 6 months) on the same grounds that has led to abortion on demand in Britain – unspecified physical and mental health grounds (See ‘Head 4’ and definitions in ‘Head 1’)
  • No ban on abortion for babies with disabilities like Down Syndrome
  • Abortions performed in local GP surgeries and hospitals, funded by your taxes3

Termination of pregnancy in the Government’s Bill is defined to mean termination of the unborn baby’s life (Head 1). This is a radical change from current obstetric practice. Under current law, a pregnancy can be terminated to protect a mother’s life4. In this circumstance, the baby is delivered and every effort is made to save her or his life too. The government wants to replace this law with one that would allow abortion on demand for any reason.