Humanity and Equality in Abortion Reform (HEAR) is the progressive campaign for abortion reform to be carried out on the Isle of Man in line with a recognition of the equal humanity and dignity of all members of the human family. We are run by a group of volunteers from around the island, and our main spokesperson is Hannah Grove.
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Pregnant mothers and their unborn children ought to be treated with equal care and compassion, and our current law, the Termination of Pregnancy (Medical Defences) Act 1995, manages to recognise that to an extent. Uniquely, it mandates care for babies born alive, and that abortions after viability be carried out in such a way that the baby will live. It requires an evidence basis for abortions after sexual crime, and that a psychiatric consultant be the independent doctor in certifying those on the grounds of mental health. Almost as much as an abortion law can, it combines procedural rigour with some degree of care and compassion.
Despite these elements however, our law nonetheless compromises the basic right to life of unborn human beings. Adding to this injustice, like Britain we allow abortion for disability, an example of informal eugenics and further unjust discrimination. This undermines and distracts from the right response: providing pre- and post-natal care that removes the perceived necessity to end the life of baby with disability. We should abolish this relic of a less caring era, and provide the help to parents that they need to take care of their child.
Further needed reforms lie in the updating of our conscience protections for medical professionals, and the improvement of pregnancy support and provision of psychiatric consultancy on the island.
Despite this, some are lobbying to regress Manx law back to the 1960’s, with even less protection for unborn children, fewer safeguards and evidentiary requirements, and the enabling of screening out disabled babies in the womb.
By contrast, we are calling on Tynwald to begin the process of humanising our society’s approach to this issue by amending the 1995 Act, and progressing the Isle of Man’s abortion legislation into the 21st century. This would mean better care and support for pregnant women and their babies, an end to eugenic abortion, improved regulations, and stronger conscience protections.
Join us, and help bring humanity and equality to abortion reform on the Isle of Man!