Hundreds of pro-life protestors showed up at the opening today of the first-ever abortion business in Northern Ireland. The Marie Stopes abortion business is opening up a clinic, which is the first in this portion of the United Kingdom.
Bernadette Smyth, from the Precious Life lobby group which organized a rally of hundreds of pro-lifers, talked with the Belfast Telegraph about it.
“There is no will for Marie Stopes to be here, they are not welcome here. The people here want to make a stand. Unborn children here are precious and there is no will for abortion to be legalized here from the people or politicians. It’s clear that unborn children are protected here.
“We are still seeking legal advice. I would not rule out an injunction. I am still working with the justice system and our politicians to ensure that Marie Stopes does not take the lives of any unborn children.”
Northern Ireland’s Attorney General has called for an investigation into the opening of the country’s first private abortion clinic.
John Larkin, who is the chief legal adviser to the Stormont Executive, has written to the justice committee asking it look into the practices of the new facility which officially opens today.
Meanwhile, Marie Stopes has insisted its new centre, which is headed by former Progressive Unionist Party MLA Dawn Purvis, will operate within the current legal framework, providing medical not surgical terminations up to nine weeks’ gestation with aftercare including counselling.
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Previously, 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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