Life Northern Ireland (“Life NI”) is disappointed to learn that a delegation of Labour MPs led by Shadow Secretary of State, Owen Smith, has travelled to Belfast to meet in what can only be described as an attempt to undermine the democratic process of Northern Ireland.
The English politicians will meet with Amnesty International, the Family Planning Association (FPA) and MLAs to discuss reforming abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
Life Spokesperson Marion Woods said, “The law in NI protects both the woman and the unborn child and we would argue this is actually a progressive law. The Both Lives Matter report revealed in January 2017 that 100,000 people are alive in NI today because our politicians stood firm and rejected the 1967 Abortion Act. We would appeal to all of our politicians to stand against any pressure from those who seek to force a change in the law.
We reject the premise that women’s equality would in turn mean the right to end the life of another human being, an unborn baby. It is also disingenuous of those who advocate for abortion to ride roughshod over the Suffrage movement and to use it to further their own campaign. We would remind Amnesty International and the FPA that Alice Paul, an American suffragist, feminist and women’s rights activist said abortion is
‘the ultimate exploitation of women’.
Women facing crisis pregnancy should be afforded every available care provision possible. LIFE NI continues to provide non-directional counselling, practical support and assistance, community support and accommodation for homeless pregnant women.
We would also remind those pushing for a change in the law that there is no human right to abortion. However in the preamble of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child it states
“the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection before as well as after birth.”