Life condemns the hijacking of the Northern Ireland Bill and the passing of amendments today by allies of the abortion lobby to impose abortion on Northern Ireland and remove legal restrictions on abortion in England and Wales.
Stella Creasy MP was today successful with her amendment tacked on to the Northern Ireland Bill which instructs the Government to provide for a repeal of sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Persons Act (OAPA), effectively legalising abortion in Northern Ireland and removing it from the law in England and Wales.
Life’s Spokeswoman, Clara Campbell, said:
“We condemn this move by some patronising Westminster politicians to impose abortion on the people of Northern Ireland despite their representative assembly rejecting it just three years ago. This is a mad opportunistic rush by allies of the abortion lobby to exploit the current absence of the Northern Ireland Assembly to bully the people of Northern Ireland into accepting abortion. We note that just recently a ComRes poll showed that 66% of women in Northern Ireland do not want abortion legislation imposed on them.
Any reform of the law on abortion in Northern Ireland should involve the people of Northern Ireland, not done by edicts from Westminster pushed through by a group of MPs who believe they alone know what is good for women there. Their shrewd attack on sections 58 and 59 of OAPA will remove all legal barriers to abortion in England and Wales, and usher in a complete free-for-all business dream for the abortion industry.
Ms Creasy’s amendment today, far from helping women in the UK, leaves them vulnerable to exploitation. It nullifies the need for legal checks and conditions on abortion which are key to protecting both women and unborn children. It also means an escape from prosecution for people who force women into an abortion. As a charity which truly cares about women we are deeply saddened by today’s amendment. It is a dark day for women and their unborn children.”