Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group Precious Life has condemned the politicians who signed a letter calling on the UK government to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland. The pro-life group said it was a shocking and outrageous attack on Northern Ireland’s unborn babies, the democratic process, and the peace process.
The letter to Prime Minister Theresa May and her Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar was coordinated by Labour MP Stella Creasy, in collusion with abortion organisations BPAS, FPA, and Amnesty International, and signed by politicians in the UK and Ireland.
Director of Precious Life Bernadette Smyth, said “Northern Ireland is now the only part of the UK and Ireland where unborn children are protected in law. But these pro-abortion politicians want to decriminalise abortion here by removing Sections 58 and 59 of the ‘Offences Against The Person Act’. This is totally shocking and extreme beyond words. To repeal Sections 58 and 59 would remove all safeguards for pregnant women, leaving them and their unborn children with no legal protection at all throughout the whole nine months of pregnancy. This move would be disastrous for the health and wellbeing of the women in Northern Ireland.”
“This is a clear attack on Northern Ireland’s democratic process – it’s totally outrageous and demonstrates a shocking level of utter contempt for democracy. In 2016, the Northern Ireland Assembly voted against any change in the laws, so this must be respected. We are calling on the people of Northern Ireland to contact Theresa May and Leo Varadkar, and also lobby their MLAs and MPs at this critical time, urging them to ensure that unborn children and their mothers continue to be protected, and that the democratic process here is respected.”
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She added “It is also abhorrent that these pro-abortionists are attempting to use the Good Friday Agreement to legalise the killing of our children. Meddling with the Agreement could undermine and endanger the peace process here. The spirit of the Good Friday agreement was all about respecting devolution, and was founded on the principles of full respect for and equality of all rights, and of freedom from discrimination for all people in Northern Ireland. Our unborn children must never be discriminated against. Their most fundamental right – the right to life – must always be respected and upheld.”
Bernadette Smyth concluded, “Northern Ireland’s laws are progressive, modern and compassionate precisely because they recognise the scientific certainty that the preborn baby is a human being, and acknowledge the mounting evidence that abortion hurts women. There is an unbreakable determination from the pro-life people of Northern Ireland to protect our unborn children. We urge Theresa May’s government to do what is right – respect the peace process and the democratic process; and ensure our pro-life laws are retained in Northern Ireland.”