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Thursday, 18 July 2019 20:11

Northern Ireland forced to decriminalise abortion

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In what has been called a 'disgraceful abuse of power', the UK Parliament has voted to repeal sections of Northern Ireland's law which protect preborn babies from abortion. MPs from all over the UK overwhelmingly supported the Northern Ireland Executive Formation Bill, which will repeal sections of the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861.

Liam Gibson, of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child, said:

“The speed with which this Bill has been imposed has made a mockery of the parliamentary process. There is a complete lack of clarity regarding its provisions and the government has refused to allow time for any proper consideration of the consequences of the decriminalisation of abortion. 

“By ramming abortion on demand down our throats Parliament has torn-up the devolution settlement and is treating Northern Ireland as a colony.

There are very serious questions about the constitutionality of this legislation which the next Prime Minister will have to answer."

 SPUC's Director of Parliamentary Communications, Michael Robinson, stated:

 “The UK has one of the most extreme abortion regimes in the world. Since 1967, our laws have permitted the killing of more than 9 million babies and injured countless women physically and psychologically. The Abortion Act has brought only misery and destruction. No society which is genuinely committed to equality and human rights could tolerate such a law. We are now faced with the prospect of an even more extreme situation being imposed on Northern Ireland. The people of Scotland, England and Wales cannot simply stand by and watch as this cruel and unjust legislation is enacted in their name. 

Mr Robinson was highly critical of Theresa May's role in foisting abortion on Northern Ireland, saying that she "will only be remembered as the Prime Minister who undermined devolution in Northern Ireland and ushered in one of the most ruthless abortion regimes in the world."

Northern Ireland's government collapsed in 2017, due to conflict between the two parties that shared power, and progressive forces have made use of the situation to impose anti-life and anti-family laws on the country - the House of Commons voted in favour of same-sex 'marriage' in Northern Ireland last week. If the Northern Ireland Assembly has not been restored by October 21st, then the new abortion law will take effect from that day.


Kathy Clubb

Founder and Editor of The Freedoms Project

Kathy has been active in pro-life work for 6 years and was involved in a constitutional challenge to Victoria’s exclusion-zone laws. She is the Melbourne co-ordinator for Family Life International and is a member of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. Kathy began writing about pro-life and Catholic issues at Light up the but broadened her range of topics as she came to learn more about the many threats to freedom which are common to all Christians.

Kathy home-educates her youngest 6 children and considers her family to be her most important pro-life work.