A baby’s heartbeat starts at 22 days

“Most countries that legalised abortion did so before ultrasound scans were widely available. Today we no longer have this excuse. We know so much more about the humanity of the baby at the earliest stages of development.” Dr Siobhán Crowley, GP

A 12 week old unborn baby:

  • Has a beating heart
  • Can swallow and yawn
  • Can kick, stretch & jump
  • Has arms, legs, fingers & toes
  • Has fingernails & hair
  • Has all her vital organs
  • Has vocal chords
  • Responds to touch
  • Has a fully formed face

The Government is planning to introduce a law allowing for abortion – without restriction or reason – up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, and abortion on demand up to six months on unspecified mental health grounds. Abortion without reason is not legal in Britain, and 97% of the 200,000 abortions that take place in Britain every year are under ‘Ground C’ – an unspecified health ground.

Only a ‘No’ vote can stop a law more extreme than British abortion law being introduced in Ireland.

Fetal age milestones from: T.W. Sadler, Langman’s Medical Embryology, 13th Ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2015, & Professor Stuart Campbell. Watch Me Grow! London: Carroll & Brown Ltd, 2004