Thank you for being willing to stand with us by responding to the new abortion services imposed on us in Northern Ireland by Westminster. We are asking you to contact your MLAs, urging them to devote time at the Assembly to debate a motion rejecting the new abortion framework.
Will you take action today to help save lives?
It is really important to use your own words in emailing/writing to your MLAs. This means your email/letter is much more likely to reach the MLAs. To help you, we have some bullet points below.
Once again, please as far as possible, use your own words.
Email your MLAs
To contact your MLAs, once you have compose your email, click HERE. Simply put your postcode in and then, click on the name of the individual MLAs, or, use the option to contact all five at once. Then paste the draft email into the space provided.
Send a letter
If you are writing to your MLAs, the address to use is as follows: [MLA NAME], Northern Ireland Assembly, Parliament Buildings, Ballymiscaw, Stormont, Belfast, BT4 3XX.
Helpful bullet points with points to make – please use your own words
- Thank your MLAs for the work they are doing to address the awful coronavirus pandemic
- The British Government has laid regulations setting out the new regulatory framework on abortion
- Mention the research from Both Lives Matter that proves 100,000 are alive in NI who would not be had NI embraced the 1967 Abortion Act.
Abortion has been imposed by Westminster
- The UK Government has imposed abortion on Northern Ireland, despite the fact it is a devolved policy issue.
- The British Government has ignored the 79% of respondents to the public consultation on the new abortion services who were opposed to any other approach than the previous, life-affirming law.
The new framework for abortion is extreme
- The new abortion framework is a more permissive approach than in either GB or the Republic of Ireland.
- Abortion will be allowed on request for any reason up to 12 weeks, with the signature of just one doctor.
- Abortion will be available functionally on request up to 24 weeks.
- Abortion will be allowed up to birth in cases of severe fatal abnormality. In GB this includes Down’s syndrome and cleft palette
What we want MLAs to do
- Ask your MLAs to press for time to be put aside for a debate on a motion rejecting the new abortion framework.
- Westminster has 28 sitting days to approve the regulations, ideally, the NI Assembly vote needs to take place before then.
- By voting in this way, the NI Assembly would send a clear message to MPs and Peers that Westminster should not impose legislation on NI over the heads of its elected MLAs and people.
Building momentum against these regulations is vital, so that when the time comes for our MLAs to deliberate over the regulations, they will have received substantial feedback and opposition to these regulations from their constituents. Our hope and prayer is that NI MLAs who have the power to amend and alter these horrific regulations, will do so one day after this epidemic is over.