Amnesty International Pushes to Legalize Abortion in Northern Ireland

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 23, 2017   |   10:05AM   |   Belfast, Northern Ireland

The right to life for unborn babies is under attack in both Ireland and Northern Ireland as abortion activists attempt to legalize abortion on demand.

Amnesty International, which claims to fight for the most vulnerable members of society, is backing a significant lawsuit in Northern Ireland that could legalize abortion. The UK Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case Tuesday.

The law in Northern Ireland protects unborn babies’ right to life. It allows abortions only in cases when the mother’s life is at risk.

However, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is challenging the law, with the backing of Amnesty International. The groups claim that the country is breaching women’s “human rights” to abortion by giving unborn babies a right to life, The Guardian reports.

Grainne Teggart, Amnesty’s Northern Ireland campaigns manager, went so far as to claim that protecting unborn babies’ right to life is an “abuse” against women.

“For generations, politicians in Northern Ireland have failed women and failed to protect their rights,” Teggart said in a statement. “It is time for the Supreme Court to step in and do what our government has failed to do – protect the long-neglected human rights of women and girls in a part of the UK. The judges of the Supreme Court have a unique chance to put right centuries of human rights abuse.”

Here’s more from The Guardian:

The supreme court will hear evidence from the UN human rights committee when the case begins on Tuesday. It is the first time an organisation rather than an individual has been granted the right to take a case to the final court of appeal in the UK.

Les Allamby, the chief commissioner of the NIHRC, said: “This case has the opportunity to bring about a real change to the law on termination of pregnancy in Northern Ireland.

“The commission began its legal challenge in 2015 as we want women and girls in Northern Ireland to have the choice of accessing a termination of pregnancy locally in circumstances of serious malformation of the foetus, rape or incest, without getting a criminal record or facing going to prison.”

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Recognising how difficult it would be for a woman or girl to challenge the law in the circumstances covered by the case, the NIHRC took the case in its own name, Allamby said.

Abortion activists previously tried to overturn Northern Ireland’s pro-life laws in court. In 2015, a Belfast court ruled that the law violated women’s rights; but a higher court overturned the ruling earlier this year, according to the report.

Earlier this summer, the UK Supreme Court also decided not to compel the British National Health Service to pay for abortions for women traveling from Northern Ireland to England. Unborn babies’ abortion deaths are taxpayer-funded through the NHS in most of the UK.

Pro-life advocates estimate that about 100,000 unborn babies have been saved from abortion since 1967, when Northern Ireland chose not to enact the UK Abortion Act. Late last year, the pro-life group Precious Life collected more than 300,000 petition signatures supporting the pro-life law on behalf of the pro-life majority in Northern Ireland.

About 700 women travel from Northern Ireland to England to abort their unborn babies every year, according to the British Department of Health.

Meanwhile, in Ireland, abortion activists are pressuring voters to overturn their pro-life Eighth Amendment and legalize abortion on demand.

Abortion activists’ campaigns largely are funded by some of the world’s richest men.