On Wednesday night, MLAs rejected amendments put down to the Justice Bill (No2) to change the current law on abortion to allow it in cases of foetal abnormality and sexual violence, incest and rape.
Anna Lo MLA’s amendment was defeated by 64 votes to 32 with 1 abstention, and the amendment tabled by Stewart Dickson MLA and Trevor Lunn MLA was defeated by 59 votes to 40 with 2 abstentions.
During the debate, a number of MLAs raised concerns about the amendments and the consequences they would have for mothers and unborn babies.
Ahead of the debate, CARE’s chief executive Nola Leach had called on MLAs to reject the amendments in a piece for The News Letter.
Responding to the vote, CARE in Northern Ireland spokesman Mark Baillie said: "We are delighted at the outcome of this vote and the signal it sends to wider society.
"The clear majority who rejected these amendments have sent a very clear and strong message that the lives of unborn babies should be protected.”