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20 / 11 / 2012 - Sinn Fein have a `dual policy` on abortion on the island of Ireland
Sinn Fein and Gerry Adams are today tabling a motion in the Dáil calling for immediate change to abortion laws and urge legislation supporting abortion in the Irish Republic. TD's are set to debate this tomorrow (Wednesday 21st November 2012)
However, Precious Life has released a document signed by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams in 2008 which clearly rejects the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act abortion to Northern Ireland. The letter sent to all Members of Parliament acknowledges the “..strong opposition to any move to impose this legalisation legalising abortion on the Province.” [read letter here...]
Sinn Fein seem to have a dual policy for abortion on the Island of Ireland and by doing so have ‘reintroduced the border’. Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein’s call to legalise abortion will be judged as political opportunism; cause division in the Irish Republic; and will undermine the power- sharing executive in Northern Ireland.
The vast majority of grass root supporters of Sinn Fein are against abortion and it is now apparent that they cannot trust their political leaders to keep their word.
Sinn Fein’s motion is unwarranted particularly given that the official inquiry into Savita Halappanavar's death is not yet complete, and there is no evidence to suggest that the current laws are to blame for her death. The Irish Government have recently commissioned an 'Expert Group Report on Abortion' which has not yet been published or debated so it is pre-mature for a political party to be moving a motion in the Dail at this time. Sinn Fein must now explain to their voters how the Party can be opposed to the introduction of the 1967 Abortion Act in Northern Ireland but want an abortion law even more liberal than the ’67 Act to be introduced in the Republic of Ireland.
See also: Pro-choice activists got tip-off on tragic death - Abortion campaigners, including political advisor to Sinn Fein, were aware of the Savita Halappanavar case at least three days before her death became public knowledge.
Contact Sinn Fein and tell them that you are opposed to abortion and you want unborn children cherished and protected.
Remind them that abortion is NOT medical treatment and is never necessary to save the life of a mother. The laws in Ireland – north and south – allow doctors to provide any genuine life-saving medical treatment to a pregnant women. In rare cases, such treatment may result in the unintentional death of her unborn baby. But this is NOT abortion.
If you are a Sinn Fein voter, tell them that if they do not withdraw their motion, you will not vote for them again.
Sinn Fein contact details
44 Parnell Square
Tel: 01 8726100 or 01 8726932 (calling within Republic of Ireland)
03531 8726100 or 03531 8726932 (calling from outside Republic of Ireland)
53 Falls Road
Belfast, BT12 4PD,
Tel: 02890 347350 (calling from N. Ireland / UK)
0044 2890 347350 (calling from outside N. Ireland / UK)
Sinn Fein Party President
01 6184884 (calling within Republic of Ireland)
003531 6184884 (calling from outside Republic of Ireland)
For all Sinn Fein Contact details, click here.. www.sinnfein.ie/contact-us
Letter from the leaders of the four main Political Parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly to MPs in 2008
To All Members of Parliament
House of Commons
We are writing as leaders of the four main Political Parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly, to express our concerns about a proposed amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, which could have the effect of extending the provisions of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland.
As you may be aware, there would be strong opposition right across the community to any move to impose this legislation legalising abortion on the Province. In a recent debate in the Assembly, each of our Parties expressed a clear view that future legislative provision for the termination of pregnancy in Northern Ireland should be a matter for the devolved, legislature, reflecting on the particular needs of our society.
Indeed, the imposition of legislation on abortion that excluded the Assembly from having a say would undoubtedly undermine the integrity of the devolution process and significantly, would reduce public confidence in the political progress we have made here.
Whilst we respect your own views on such matters, as leaders representing the overwhelming majority of our people, we would urge you to vote against any amendment to this Bill that would extend the provisions of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland.
With best wishes.
RT HON DR IAN PAISLEY MP MLA
GERRY ADAMS MP MLA
SIR REG EMPEY MLA
MARK DURKAN MP MLA