Northern Ireland Pro-Lifers Outraged by New Abortion Biz

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 11, 2012   |   11:00AM   |   Washington, DC

Leading pro-life advocates in Northern Ireland are outraged that the Marie Stopes abortion business is opening up a clinic there, in what amounts to the first abortion facility in that part of the U.K.

The pro-life group Precious Life says that Marie Stopes International’s opening of an abortion-center in Belfast is a matter for the police and courts.

Director of Precious Life Bernadette Smyth said, “Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland and remains a criminal offence. The laws in Northern Ireland which protect our unborn children are the Offences Against The Person Act 1861 and Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 1945. These statutes make it an offence to abort a child from conception to birth. The crime is punishable by the maximum sentence of life imprisonment. What is legal in Northern Ireland, is providing genuine life saving treatment to pregnant women.”

“We will be contacting the Police, Public Prosecution Service, the Attorney General and our Department of Health, to ensure the law here is rigorously enforced. Our unborn children must be protected from hands of Marie Stopes International, who make millions of pounds every year by killing unborn children,” she said.

She added, “This shows the desperation of the pro-abortion movement who are attempting to bypass our government and legal system and perform abortions in Northern Ireland. They are riding rough-shod over the views of the vast majority of people here; over our Assembly; and over the authority of our courts.”

Bernadette Smyth concluded “Any attempt to start killing unborn children in Northern Ireland will fail. Anyone who kills an unborn child in Northern Ireland is committing an illegal criminal act. We remain confident that anyone who tries to perform abortions in Northern Ireland will be brought to justice.”

Smyth is urging pro-life people in Northern Ireland to contact their Assembly member to express opposition.

“Please contact your of the Assembly member and tell them you are opposed to the opening of a private abortion clinic in Northern Ireland,” she said. “Our unborn children must be protected from the hands of Marie Stopes International, who make millions of pounds every year by killing unborn children.”



“Ask your Assembly Member to do everything within their power to ensure the law here is rigorously enforced, and our unborn children must be protected,” the pro-life leader added. “Tell your Assembly member that, as your elected representative, you expect them to be your voice and make a public statement condemning the opening of this abortion clinic.”

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