Government Rules Women in Northern Ireland Can Get Free Abortions at Taxpayer Expense

International   |   Precious Life   |   Jun 29, 2017   |   12:25PM   |   Belfast, Northern Ireland

Precious Life has condemned an announcement from the chancellor  – that women from Northern Ireland will be able to get abortions on the NHS in England – as an “outrageous attack on democracy.”

Currently, women in Northern Ireland seeking an abortion can travel to England to have one privately, but have not been allowed to do so free on the NHS – a position that was backed by the Supreme Court earlier this month.

Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth said, “This is an outrageous attack on democracy. On the day when the Belfast Court of Appeal ruled that it is up to the Stormont Assembly to decide on abortion law in Northern Ireland, the government at Westminster has now decided to ride roughshod over the views of the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland.”

“We await to hear the DUP MPs voice their outrage at this decision. Even Sinn Fein MPs, who claim they are opposed to Westminster extending the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland, should be voicing their outrage at the British Government now going to pay for the killing of Irish unborn children.”

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She added, “UK taxpayers should also be outraged that, while thousands of people are waiting years on NHS waiting lists for vital medical treatment because of lack of funding, the government is now going to fund more abortions that are never medically necessary.”

Bernadette Smyth concluded, “While Precious Life maintain that taxpayer’s money should not be used to pay for the killing of any unborn child, we reiterate even more so that taxpayer’s money should not be used to fund NHS abortions for women from Northern Ireland where abortion is a criminal offence.”