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18 / 10 / 2012 - Precious Life welcome Attorney General`s crackdown on Marie Stopes Abortion `Clinic`
Precious Life have welcomed a statement from the Attorney General of Northern Ireland regarding the opening of an abortion clinic by Marie Stopes International. [Read Statement here...]
Precious Life announced the news of the statement at a massive rally they had organised outside the ‘clinic’ at its opening in Belfast today (18 October)
The statement from the Attorney General asks the Committee for Justice of the Northern Ireland Assembly to investigate the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast.
The Attorney General said if evidence emerged of serious criminal offences being committed, an injunction could be obtained to stop criminal breaches of the law by the Marie Stopes clinic and those working there, and the police would be informed.
Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth said “We welcome this strong statement from the Attorney General who said ‘it is a matter of great concern’ that abortions could be carried out where the circumstances would not be known by the public or by those responsible for the administration of justice.”
“The Attorney General said that concern is increased by the fact that Marie Stopes claim the law here is restrictive and they make no secret of their desire to make abortion easier here.”
"Precious Life have been warning all along that Marie Stopes were barging into Northern Ireland, uninvited and unwanted, to start performing illegal abortions. As our banners at the Rally today stated, Marie Stopes would be breaking the law to change the law.”
She added, “The Attorney General’s announcement must also now put an end to the pro-abortion lobby and colluding media peddling the deliberate misinterpretation of the law by claiming ‘abortion is legal in certain circumstances‘. The Attorney General has now set the record straight by stating clearly that abortion in Northern Ireland is a criminal offence."
Johanna Higgins, Barrister and one of the legal team advising Precious Life, "We welcome the Attorney General’s intervention. In his position as the Guardian of the Law we are happy to note his firm intentions with regard to the preservation of the status of the current law against Abortion and Child Destruction in Northern Ireland, the purpose of which is the protection of the Unborn Child. The Attorney General clearly states the legal position, the criminal nature of abortion and the proper interpretation of the Bourne defence to illegal abortion. In the circumstances, if Marie Stopes acts only within the law, then we can be assured that no abortions will be taking place in their Belfast clinic."
Bernadette Smyth concluded, “The massive Rally in Belfast today showed that the people of Northern Ireland want our unborn children protected and are opposed to Marie Stopes. By opening this so-called ‘clinic’, Marie Stopes may think they have won a battle, but in reality they have lost the war. Northern Ireland is now in the unique position of having the only ‘abortion clinic’ in the world where abortions cannot be performed.”