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29 / 05 / 2012 - Reduction of abortions in latest official statistics shows Ireland is still the `light of the word`
Northern Ireland's leading pro-life group Precious Life has welcomed the latest government statistics which have shown a further drop in the number of women from Northern Ireland having abortions in Britain. The abortion statistics for 2011 revealed a big reduction of 8.5%
Director of Precious Life Bernadette Smyth said, "We welcome the fact that fewer Northern Ireland babies have been killed by abortion in England. This is proof that our strategies and campaigns are working. We believe this annual decline in numbers is a direct result of the educational work we do on the streets and outside the abortion referral agencies in Northern Ireland. Since Precious Life was formed in 1997 the number of women from here travelling to Britain for abortions has decreased by 36%."
"No woman in a crisis pregnancy should ever feel that abortion is her only option. Our crisis pregnancy outreach programme provides real help to women. Precious Life seek to eliminate the crisis not destroy the baby."
Mrs Smyth also welcomed the drop in the number of women from the Republic of Ireland having abortions in Britain. The statistics showed the number fell by 6%
Bernadette Smyth concluded, "Tragically, the number of babies killed by abortions in England and Wales has risen again to 189,931 - up by 357. But these latest statistics show that Ireland is still the 'light of the world' in the global pro-life battle. There is a major threat from Europe to legalise abortion in Ireland - north and south. Only last week, the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva said they were concerned that the 1967 Abortion Act is not applicable in Northern Ireland and called on the abortion law here to be amended. But these latest statistics are a tremendous encouragement to Precious Life and to the entire pro-life movement in Ireland. This gives us another reason to celebrate the All-Ireland Rally for Life which will be held in Belfast on 7th July."