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Northern Ireland May Shut Out Marie Stopes Abortion Biz

by Steven Ertelt | Belfast, Northern Ireland | LifeNews.com | 1/10/13 5:41 PM

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It appears officials in Northern Ireland, where abortion is illegal, are going to shut down attempts by a Marie Stopes abortion business to open up there.

Marie Stopes International faced a grilling by the Justice Committee but failed to convince officials they will operate within the law. The pro-life group Precious Life attended a Hearing by the Committee for Justice of the Northern Ireland Assembly, who are investigating Marie Stopes International’s plans to commit abortions in Northern Ireland.

Precious Life contacted the Justice Committee in October when Marie Stopes announced they were opening an abortion centre in Belfast. Today, when Marie Stopes announced they were opening an abortion center in Belfast.

However, pro-life campaigners tell LifeNews Marie Stopes failed to convince the Justice Committee how they could legally operate an abortion business in Northern Ireland if they worked within the law that protects unborn children.

Director of Precious Life Bernadette Smyth, who attend the Committee Hearing, said “Abortion in Northern Ireland is a serious criminal offense. Marie Stopes International were unable to explain how they could establish an abortion business in Northern Ireland based on the assumption that they may have a defense to this serious crime.”

Smyth said Marie Stopes tried to hoodwink the Justice Committee by claiming they would operate within the law by submitting an application to health regulators, the RQIA.

However, she exposed the deception before the panel.

She said, “Marie Stopes tried to throw up a smokescreen of legality by claiming they want to be regulated by RQIA. But this is irrelevant. The RQIA only registers and inspects health and social care services. It does not and cannot monitor criminal issues like abortion.”

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“We presented evidence to the Justice Committee of Marie Stopes’ illegal activities in other countries. Marie Stopes must be stopped now from committing any criminal breaches of the law in Northern Ireland that protects our unborn children,” she added.

The Justice Committee will now carry out further investigations into the legality of Marie Stopes’ Center in Belfast.

Hundreds of pro-lifers showed up at a protest last year when Marie Stopes announced the opening of the center.