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10 / 01 / 2013 - Marie Stopes International face grilling by Justice Committee but FAIL to convince they will operate within the law
Marie Stopes International refuse to answer questions from Justice Committe of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Precious Life present evidence to Justice Committee Investigation about illegal activities of Marie Stopes International
Precious Life attended a Hearing by the Committee for Justice of the Northern Ireland Assembly, who are investigating Marie Stopes International's plans to commit abortions in Northern Ireland.
Precious Life contacted the Justice Committee in October 2012 when Marie Stopes announced they were opening an abortion centre in Belfast.
Today (10th January,) representatives of Marie Stopes were brought before the Assembly Justice Committee and faced a grilling of 3 hours of questioning.
However, Marie Stopes FAILED to convince the Justice Committee how they could legally operate an abortion business in Northern Ireland if they worked within the law that protects unborn children.
Director of Precious Life Bernadette Smyth, who attend the Committee Hearing, said "Abortion in Northern Ireland is a serious criminal offence. Marie Stopes International were unable to explain how they could establish an abortion business in Northern Ireland based on the assumption that they may have a defence to this serious crime."
Marie Stopes tried to hoodwink the Justice Committee by claiming they would operate within the law by submitting an application to health regulators, the RQIA.
However Bernadette Smyth exposed Maire Stopes' deception - "Marie Stopes tried to throw up a smokescreen of legality by claiming they want to be regulated by the RQIA. But this is irrelevant. The RQIA only registers and inspects health and social care services. It does not and cannot monitor criminal issues like abortion."
Bernadette Smyth concluded, "We presented evidence to the Justice Committee of Marie Stopes' illegal activities in other countries. Marie Stopes must be stopped now from committing any criminal breaches of the law in Northern Ireland that protects our unborn children."
The Justice Commitee will now carry out further investigations into the legality of Marie Stopes' Centre in Belfast .
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