Hundreds of people in Northern Ireland protested Saturday against a new law that ends protections for unborn babies in their country.
“We are heartbroken over the change in Northern Ireland and we want to express our sorrow, because the right to life of unborn children has been totally disregarded,” organizer Sarah Crutchley said in a statement. “We want a life-affirming society here, where every life is valued and no death is chosen.”
Northern Ireland was the last place on the British Isles to protect unborn babies from abortion. Earlier this year, however, it was forced to abandon its protections for unborn babies after the British government voted to force the country to legalize abortion for basically any reason up to 28 weeks of pregnancy. Northern Ireland has not had a functioning government for about three years. Its political leaders had until mid-October to re-form a government and reject the law. Pro-life lawmakers made several attempts to, but they did not succeed.
The pro-life protest in front of Stormont in Belfast brought hundreds of people together to defend unborn babies’ right to life.
Together, they walked a mile up the hill to the parliament building and laid stones on the ground, painted with pictures and phrases about the value of every human life, according to the report. The large crowd also silently shown lights from their phones at twilight for six minutes to represent the six counties of Northern Ireland, the report states.
“We want to stand, speak and serve for the lives of unborn children and for women in need,” Crutchley said. “We want to protect the life of all human beings, that is what a society should be built upon.
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“The humanity of an unborn child does not change with age, it is a human being from the beginning and it must be protected,” she continued.
NI Voiceless also urged people to vote for pro-life candidates in the Dec. 12 election.
The Irish Times reports the Sinn Féin party supports legalized abortion, while the DUP party supports the right to life for babies in the womb.
Unborn babies may be legally aborted in Northern Ireland starting in 2020.
Pro-life countries are under intense international pressure to legalize the killing of unborn babies. Many pro-abortion campaigns are backed by some of the richest men in the world.
A significant crowd gathered today at Stormont rejecting the notions that killing is healthcare and abortion means progress. Now it’s time to keep taking action. See how here: https://t.co/urwCqAmMky. #TheyCannotSpeak #EveryLifeValued #NoDeathChosen #StandSpeakServe pic.twitter.com/0XWRmzLOyv
— NI voiceless (@NIvoiceless) November 30, 2019
Some more photos from our protest yesterday. Now it’s time for action: https://t.co/K0Wq9VuNBs. We won’t stop standing, speaking and serving until every human life is valued and no human death is chosen. #TheyCannotSpeak #EveryLifeValued #NoDeathChosen #StandSpeakServe pic.twitter.com/n4qRzlxogA
— NI voiceless (@NIvoiceless) December 1, 2019