Disability Rights Campaigner addresses Stormont Committee and calls for abortion law changeAbortion
Yesterday (11 March), disability rights campaigner Heidi Crowter addressed the Health Committee at Stormont and urged MLAs to support the Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill on Monday.
The Bill was introduced n 16 February by Paul Givan MLA and will have its Second Stage debate on 15 March. MLAs will consider the general principles of the Bill and vote on whether to send it to Committee for its next stage.
Speaking to the Health Committee, Heidi said:
Lynn Murray, spokesperson for 'Don't Screen Us Out' also gave evidence to the Committee. She said:
Bill will amend the Westminster imposed abortion laws
If passed, the Severe Fetal Impairment (Abortion) Bill will amend Regulation 7(1)(b) of the Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020, which were imposed on Northern Ireland last year, by Westminster.
After that had happened, MLAs debated and voted on a motion rejecting abortion to birth in cases of non-fatal disabilities like Down's syndrome, club foot or cleft lip.
That motion was approved by a majority of MLAs and a similar motion was also agreed to. In total, 75 out of 90 MLAs voted for the motions to stop abortion to birth for disabilities.