Almost 1,100 lives lost to abortion in Northern Ireland since last year

Almost 1,100 lives lost to abortion in Northern Ireland since last year

Almost 1,100 abortions have been carried out in Northern Ireland since the imposition of abortion on the region in March last year.

The Department of Health has reported 1,091 abortions in Northern Ireland since 31 March 2020. 

The DUP MLA, Christopher Stalford raised the question in Northern Ireland Assembly last month which received the following reply:

“From the 1st January 2020 to 30 March 2020 there were seven terminations of pregnancy carried out in HSC [Health and Social Care] Hospitals in Northern Ireland. Since The Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 came into force on 31 March 2020 the Department of Health has received 1091 notifications of termination”.

Since the imposition of a new extreme abortion regime last year, abortion has been available in Northern Ireland throughout the first 12 weeks of gestation on demand. This abortion provision also allows abortion on the basis of the sex of the child.

Polling from 2020 showed that the majority of voters only want abortion to be available in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, a position in line with the law before the Westminster Parliament imposed a change on Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland was the last region of the British Isles to have widespread abortion introduced into the country. It is estimated that 100,000 people are alive in Northern Ireland today who would not have been if abortion were available as it was in the rest of the U.K. This figure was confirmed by the Advertising Standards Authority in 2017.