While researching yesterday’s post, I came upon a campaign by a group I’d never heard of before, called We’re All Equal (Illustrating just how hard it is to Be Informed – I am passionate about this issue, and I follow on twitter and Facebook lots of other people and groups who are too, but I stumbled upon this more or less by chance)
They are raising awareness of the fact that abortion is legal up to the point of birth if the unborn child* is found to have a disability.
Lord Shinkwin has introduced a Private Member’s Bill into the House of Lords which, in their words, “would end this disability discrimination where it starts, before birth.”
On Friday this Bill passed the committee stage and will now go the the Report Stage. We’re All Equal are asking people to email their MP** to ask him or her to write to the Prime Minister to ask her to make sure sufficient Parliamentary time is given to the Bill so that it can get through all the Lords stages and make it to the Commons, where it can be debated and (hopefully) the discriminatory Section (1(1)(d)) of the 1967 Abortion Act, which allows for abortion on the grounds of disability up-to-birth, will be removed.
I know, it all sounds rather complicated. If you go to the website, though, there is a form email which explains it all nice and clearly (for both you and your MP!). This is the first step in what will be a long process (actually, it is the third step for the Bill, as this helpful page illustrates – seriously, how had I not heard of this before?!). I’ll try and remember to write further posts as I am aware of future stages, but if you follow me on twitter that’s where I’m most likely to share links and quick updates.
So there you go, opportunities to get involved and make your voice heard are all around. Keep your eyes open for more!
*Note – file this under ‘Be Alert‘ – if you pay attention you’ll notice that the campaign is very careful not to use the term ‘unborn child’ or indeed any term to relate to the person with the disability. You won’t find the words foetus, embryo, baby or child anywhere on their site. At least I couldn’t. This completely neutral language means that they are deliberately removing any barriers that would otherwise be raised – they want everyone to be able to support the campaign, whatever their view of the status of a preborn human is.
** If you don’t live in the UK, sorry, you can’t help us on this one, except by praying, which of course is key. Thanks!