The Northern Ireland Assembly has rejected a bid by the UK government to force it to accept abortion on demand.
The Motion rejecting “the imposition of abortion legislation” was adopted by 46 votes to 40. An amendment from Sinn Féin which attempted to remove this wording was also voted down by 52 votes to 32.
Leading pro-life groups told LifeNews they were delighted by the voting results.
The Pro Life Campaign has warmly welcomed this vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly rejecting the abortion regulations imposed on Northern Ireland from Westminster.
A spokesperson for the Pro Life Campaign said: “The result shows what can happen when the political establishment doesn’t censor debate and allows the pro-life side to get a fair hearing. The heart-breaking personal testimonies of women who regret their abortions and the intervention of people like disability rights campaigner Heidi Crowter all helped influence the outcome.
“Following this evening’s vote, Westminster cannot justifiably continue to try and impose abortion on Northern Ireland. It is clear from the 46:40 vote that this devolved issue should be decided by Northern Ireland’s elected representatives and not the UK parliament.”
Meanwhile, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), applauded the vote and it will launch an election campaign to build a solid pro-life majority in the Northern Ireland Assembly almost two years ahead of scheduled elections in 2022.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) made its announcement Tuesday 2 June 2020, after the Stormont Assembly debated a motion rejecting the regulations imposed on the Province by the Westminster Government.
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Liam Gibson, a spokesman for SPUC in Northern Ireland said that the pro-life movement could not afford to wait until 2022 to inform voters about where their representatives stand on the abortion issue.
Mr Gibson said: “We’re calling on voters now to reject politicians who have fail to respect the right to life of unborn children.
“In the 52 days following the regulations coming into effect, 129 children have been killed by abortion. This is a shocking statistic but experience shows that as abortion is normalised it becomes increasingly widespread and evermore extreme. There are more than 500 abortions every day in Britain. Each one of these is the killing of an innocent child and that can never be justified. There is no acceptable level of violence against children.
“This debate in the Assembly has highlighted the extreme nature of the abortion regulations that Westminster has imposed on Northern Ireland. This regime represents the systematic extermination of unborn babies, especially the weakest and most vulnerable. The regulations permit abortion virtually on demand up to the 24th week and in many cases even up to birth.”
Mr Gibson continued: “Any politician who supports the killing of innocent children does not deserve to hold elected office. They should be rejected by the voters regardless of the other policies they promote. People must remember what happened today in the Assembly at the time of the next Stormont election.
“Legislation that permits the killing of innocent children is completely illegitimate. An unjust law is no law at all. If the politicians won’t change unjust legislation, it’s up to the people to change their politicians.”