A Northern Ireland lawmaker just joined a growing number of politicians who are leaving their political parties because of abortion.
Pro-life Councillor Stephanie Quigley announced her departure this week from the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in Northern Ireland, Derry Now reports.
Quigley, who serves on the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, said she made the decision because of the party’s pro-abortion stance.
“As we journey through life there are always ‘crossroads’ moments, and today I have made a really difficult but important decision to be an Independent Councillor,” she said.
Quigley said her father also was a SDLP politician, and she wanted to follow in his footsteps.
“The philosophy which my father espoused was based on non-violence and the right to life,” she continued. “I followed in his footsteps and held the right to life and the life of the unborn child as the cornerstone of my political philosophy.”
But because the SDLP now opposes the right to life for unborn babies, Quigley said she cannot be a member of the party any longer, according to the Irish News.
“I have made friends for life within the party and wish them all the best for the future. I must however place the rights of those without a voice ahead of populism,” she said.
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Northern Ireland was one of the last places in Europe that protected unborn babies’ right to life. Last year, however, it was forced to abandon its protections for unborn babies after the British government voted to force Northern Ireland to legalize abortion. The vote happened because Northern Ireland did not have a functioning government for about three years.
In October, Northern Ireland lawmakers in the Unionist party attempted to reform the government and reject the pro-abortion law from Parliament, but the SDLP party members walked out of the session and prevented that from occurring.
Now, it is legal to abort an unborn baby for any reason up to 14 weeks in Northern Ireland and up to birth if the unborn baby has a fetal anomaly. At least 129 unborn babies have been aborted so far this year.
Quigley is one of many. In America, a number of politicians and individuals also have been leaving the Democratic Party because of its extreme pro-abortion stance. Pro-life lawmakers in Ireland also quit the Sinn Féin party in 2018 after it voted to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions.