The group explained that the amendment would have allowed abortion up to birth by repealing sections of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, which prohibits the administration of drugs or the use of instruments to cause a miscarriage, and excluding abortion from the Infant Life (Preservation) Act.
A record number of abortions took place in England and Wales in 2020, according to new statistics released last month.
The figures showed that there were 210,860 abortions, the highest number since the Abortion Act 1967 was introduced.
The statistics, published by the Department of Health and Social Care, showed that 3,083 abortions took place in 2020 on the grounds of disability.
Right To Life UK said that 693 of the abortions were due to Down syndrome, an increase from 656 in 2019.
It added that there were also 35 abortions for cleft lip or cleft palate in 2020. Both conditions can be corrected by surgery.
The charity also said that 65 “selective termination” procedures took place, where doctors abort an unborn child carried by a mother expecting multiple babies.
Right To Life UK’s Catherine Robinson said July 5: “Thank you to the thousands of people that rallied over the last week to get friends and family to email their MPs. MPs received more emails ahead of this vote than they have ever received ahead of an abortion vote and some MPs said that they received more emails on this issue than on any other issue while in office.”
“Thank you to the amazing group of pro-life MPs in Parliament who have worked so hard to ensure that these extreme amendments were defeated.”