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09 / 01 / 2013 - Precious Life present evidence to Justice Committee Investigation about illegal activities of Marie Stopes International
Bernadette Smyth and Moira Brennan from Precious Life
present evidence to the Justice Committee of the N.I. Assembly
Marie Stopes International refuse to answer questions from Justice Committe of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Marie Stopes International face grilling by Justice Committe but FAIL to convince they will operate within the law
Precious Life has presented evidence to the Committee for Justice of the Northern Ireland Assembly about the criminal activities that Marie Stopes International are planning in their Belfast Centre opened in October.
Marie Stopes International will now be brought before the Assembly Justice Committee today (10th January) and questioned about the illegality of operating their abortion business in Northern Ireland.
The Justice Committee has also received evidence from Precious Life outlining Marie Stopes' illegal activities in other countries.
Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth said, "We hope the Belfast Centre of Marie Stopes International will be closed permanently following this investigation by the Committee for Justice of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
"Following an approach to the Committee by Precious Life's legal team, we were permitted to present evidence, which includes footage of one of Marie Stopes' directors caught on camera admitting they perform illegal abortion all around the world. We also presented evidence from the government of Zambia, who in July 2012 banned Marie Stopes International after they committed 490 illegal abortions in five months."
Precious Life is currently running a postcard petition campaign calling on Assembly Members to "close the door" on Marie Stopes.
Mrs Smyth added, "Marie Stopes barged into Northern Ireland in October, uninvited and unwanted, to start performing illegal abortions. They claimed that abortion is legal in Northern Ireland up to 9 weeks in pregnancy. This is a lie. Abortion in Northern Ireland is a criminal offence. The law in Northern Ireland protects unborn children and allows doctors to give any genuine life-saving treatment that pregnant mothers may require."
Bernadette Smyth concluded, "We hope our government in the Assembly will act now to stop any criminal breaches of the law by banning Marie Stopes from Northern Ireland and permanently 'close the door' on their illegal abortion centre in Belfast."
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