Over 10,000 People March Against Legalizing Abortions in Northern Ireland

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 8, 2019   |   1:45PM   |   Dublin, Ireland

Northern Ireland is one of the last bastions of safety for unborn babies in Europe.

On Saturday, about 10,000 pro-lifers marched in the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as abortion activists push aggressively to topple Northern Ireland’s pro-life laws, RTE reports.

The All-Ireland Rally for Life took place months after Irish government leaders pushed through legislation allowing unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to 12 weeks and later in a wide variety of circumstances.

Northern Ireland still protects unborn babies from abortions, but it is abortion activists’ new target. This week, pro-abortion MPs in the UK plan to push a measure to legalize abortion on demand in the pro-life country.

As Right to Life UK explains: “The Northern Ireland Assembly has been suspended since January 2017 due to a political disagreement resulting in deadlock. In the absence of a devolved parliament in Northern Ireland, although wholly inappropriate and constitutionally disrespectful, this [pro-abortion] legislation could potentially be imposed on Northern Ireland by parliament in Westminster.”

One proposal would make abortions legal for any reason up to 28 weeks of pregnancy immediately across Northern Ireland, according to the pro-life organization.

Labour MP Stella Creasy is leading the pro-abortion push with support from about 60 other MPs in the House, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

“According to the UN, women in Northern Ireland face ‘grave and systematic’ human rights violations because we treat them as second-class citizens and deny them their basic human right not to be forced to continue an unwanted pregnancy,” Creasy said last week, according to the News Letter.

Irish Catholic Archbishop Eamon Martin denounced the proposal Saturday, saying it is “tragic … that some legislators would ‘fast track’ the ending of the lives of the most defenseless in our society,” according to the report.

Over the weekend, Down and Connor Bishop Noel Treanor urged people to contact their MPs and object to the proposal, The Irish News reports.

“It is … vital that citizens of Northern Ireland, and especially Christian citizens, take note that the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, now before the Westminster Parliament, is being used to introduce amendments aiming to liberalise provision of abortion in Northern Ireland without the say-so of either the citizens of Northern Ireland or their elected representatives,” the bishop said.

“I would encourage everyone urgently to contact their MP this weekend or on Monday to register their objection to this undemocratic process,” he continued.

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Last year, abortion activists, backed by some of the world’s richest men, succeeded in convincing Irish voters to repeal the Eighth Amendment and allow abortion on demand. After the May vote, parliament quickly rammed through a radical pro-abortion law allowing abortions for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide variety of circumstances. It also forces taxpayers to pay for abortions and forces Catholic hospitals to provide them.

Now, pro-life advocates say pro-abortion political leaders are prioritizing spending on abortion over maternity care, and two pregnant women recently died in Irish maternity hospitals.

The rally on Saturday brought renewed hope for Ireland and Northern Ireland, as about 10,000 people publicly called for support for rights of unborn babies.