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14 / 12 / 2011 - Northern Ireland is ``leading the world`` in the battle against abortion
Bernadette Smyth with Jim Wells MLA, Patrick Carroll, Mervyn Storey MLA
Precious Life has welcomed a new Report which shows the benefits to a country which has laws that protect its unborn children.
The report entitled, “Ireland’s Gain - The Demographic Impact and Consequences for the Health of Women of the Abortion Laws in Ireland and Northern Ireland since 1968” was launched in Belfast today (Wednesday 14th December) in Parliament Buildings, Stormont
Precious Life attended the launch to hear author of the report - Mr Patrick Carroll M.A., F.I.A. of the Pensions and Population Research Institute (PAPRI) – present his research on the comparisons in statistical data on abortions carried out on women resident in Ireland and Northern Ireland from 1968-2010 with the corresponding data for Britain with regard to the demographic characteristics of the various parts of the two islands.
Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth welcomed the findings of the report. She said, “Patrick Carroll’s research shows how the health of women and their babies is better in Ireland – north and south – without abortion. His research shows that, without abortion, we have higher birth rates and more youthful demographic profile on the island of Ireland. Therefore we benefit not only morally, but in terms of better women’s health, and also benefit demographically and economically.”
Mrs Smyth added, “One of the most startling conclusions of the Report is that 93,000 people are alive in Northern Ireland who would not be here today if the Abortion Act been extended.”
“The Report shows that the laws against abortion here have enabled the birth rate in Northern Ireland and the Republic to remain much higher than the European average. Today birth rates on the island of Ireland are near to replacement level and Ireland benefits from a more youthful population with less dependence on immigration than other European countries.”
“Ireland has a low incidence of maternal and infant conditions such as low birth weight premature births, or births resulting in cerebral palsy or maternal death. Ireland also benefits from low incidence of breast cancer and comparatively good mental health among women and a low incidence of certain diseases of the immune system. We welcome the PAPRI Report which shows how this is attributed to low abortion rates among women in Ireland.”
“Any liberalisation of abortion laws in Ireland and Northern Ireland will only result in higher abortion rates and a corresponding deterioration in the health of women and a less youthful demographic profile. Precious Life has been saying this for years and now it’s backed up by this scientific research from PAPRI. Precious Life will continue to lobby our politicians and Health Department to take serious heed of the findings of the PAPRI report and ensure legislation and policies continue to protect women and unborn children.”
The event was hosted by the All Party Pro-Life Group of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Assembly Members took time out of their busty schedules to attend, including Mr. Pat Ramsey (SDLP), Mr. Mervyn Storey (DUP) and Mr. Jim Wells (DUP) and Jim Allister (TUV)
After Patrick Carroll’s presentation, Bernadette spoke about how fewer women in Northern Ireland seek abortion due to the ongoing active work and campaigns of Precious Life, on the streets, in the courts, and through the government
She made reference to other studies which show that - per head of population –Northern Ireland has the lowest percentage in the world of women seeking abortion, even lower that the Republic of Ireland.
Patrick Carroll agreed saying, “You’re leading the world in the pro-life campaign, to demonstrate that restrictive abortion law is advantageous …Northern Ireland is a good model.”
Bernadette said, “This is a result of the work done by Precious Life in changing hearts and minds on the issue of abortion; ..our many years of campaigning to prevent the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act; ..and the help and support we offer to women in crisis pregnancies. It is also a result of having pro-life politician who are willing to speak out for the protection of Northern Ireland’s unborn babies.
Bernadette Smyth concluded, “Thank you Patrick for all your research which will be very useful in our future campaigns. The Report launched today is a tremendous vindication of all Precious Life’s work. What we are doing in Northern Ireland is an example for the rest of the world. We will continue our work to ensure Ireland remains the leading light in the global battle against abortion.”
Members of Precious Life with the new Report
in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Belfast