The Humanity and Equality in Abortion Reform (HEAR) campaign is calling on Tynwald to reject regressive abortion proposals that will be proposed by Dr. Alex Allinson, an MHK for Ramsey.

A supporter of CALM (the abortion lobby group on the Island) from its inception, Allinson seeks to reduce right-to-life protections for unborn children, and open the Island up to the abuses that have prevailed across. If as expected his proposals follow the failed permissive legislation in the UK, it would mean allowing a system that allows de facto abortion on demand. This has meant:

• 550 babies destroyed every day as around 200,000 abortions take place every year in England, Wales, and Scotland altogether.

75,000 repeat abortion annuallyIn England and Wales in 2012 alone:

 More than 4,500 women had had at least four abortions

 1,334 were on at least their fifth abortion

 33 women had nine or more abortions.

•  The enabling of eugenic abortion for disabled babies *up to birth*. This has included:

 90% of babies with Downs syndrome being aborted annually.

○ Babies with minor cosmetic disabilities such club foot and cleft palate being aborted, including 205 and 157 respectively between 2006-2010.

• Late term sex-selective abortion being allowed by medical professionals, a practice reported as occurring more widely according to individual women as well as minority womens groups such as Jeena International and Karma Nirvana.

• Women further suffering due to abortion, such as:

 The cover-up of the sexual abuse of 13-year old Ashli Blake, and her suicide in 2014.

 The suicide of young Mum Jade Rees in 2015, after her sorrow of the abortion of her baby daughter.

 The suicide of artist Emma Beck in 2007 after the abortion of her twin girls.

 The death of 32-year old Irish mother Aisha Chathira in 2012 from a heart attack in a taxi caused by extensive internal blood loss after an abortion in a Marie Stopes International (MSI) clinic in London, which led to the Judge-ordered investigation of that facility.

 The recent scandal involving abuses in further MSI clinics according to a UK Clinical Care Commission (CQC) report, which included abortion on a woman with learning impairments without her informed consent. Our laws have meant no MSI clinics on the Island.

• Erosion of conscience rights for midwives and other medical professionals due to legal challenges.

Permissive abortion dehumanises and kills children, hurts women, enables misogyny and disability discrimination, undermines the rights of medical professionals, and coarsens society. This is the inhumanity and inequality truly entailed by the kind of regressive abortion law that Allinson would like to introduce.

HEAR calls on the House of Keys to reject any proposal that would deny the human rights and dignity of unborn children, an unjust and false solution to the issues of unplanned pregnancy. Instead, let them consider humane alternatives such as providing increased support for pregnant mothers, improved help for the families of disabled babies in the womb, the improvement of mental health services on the Island and other reforms that would love both mother and baby.

HEAR spokesperson Hannah Grove, said:

Over the last year, it has become clear that Allinson’s idea of abortion reform is one that comprehensively ignores the humanity of the unborn child, the brutality of abortion, and the wider personal and social harms of failed permissive legislation such as that across.

Our current law has at least done a good job of maintaining general right-to-life protections for unborn children, and safeguarding Manx women from the worst effects of the system of abortion-on-demand in the UK. The Island has an abortion rate that is at least a third of England and Wales, and that is because of the wise strictures in our native 1995 legislation. We are way ahead of the UK, and adopting anything like their outdated and failed 1967 Act would be a regressive and hopeless folly.

Women deserve better than abortion; unborn children deserve better than abortion; the Isle of Man deserves better than abortion. Let Tynwald reject the inhumane permissive proposals of the abortion lobby, and instead embrace reforms that truly respect the dignity and equality of every member of the Manx and human family.


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