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05 / 02 / 2008 - Precious Life organise meeting at Stormont to discuss HFE Bill
Precious Life organised a meeting at Stormont with members of the All Party Pro-life Group of the Northern Ireland Assembly, together with representatives of local and national pro-life groups to discuss the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Bill. This meeting was to inform Assembly members about the HFE Bill, and particularly its implications for Northern Ireland.
Those attending heard how the HFE Bill fundamentally undermines the dignity and sanctity of human life, allowing human beings to be created and destroyed at will for experimentation. The particular danger for Northern Ireland is that some pro-abortion Westminster MPs are expected to use the Bill to force changes to the abortion law in Northern Ireland. Although abortion is not mentioned in the Bill, it will replace the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act - a piece of legislation that made significant changes to the 1967 Abortion Act. This could open up the entire 1967 Abortion Act for amendment and further liberalisation of the law including:
• abortion-on-demand within the first trimester without any doctors’ approval;
• abortions to be performed by nurses and midwives without any input from doctors;
• the removal of the conscience clause (which protects the position of doctors, nurses and ancillary personnel who do not wish to be involved in abortion);
• and all these changes to the Abortion Act to be extended to Northern Ireland.
The meeting concluded with the agreement that it is vitally important the Westminster Parliament acknowledge the clear pro-life message sent out from our Assembly in October, when a motion opposing abortion was passed. The Assembly All-Party Pro-Life Group endorsed Precious Life's Petition Campaign to the Northern Ireland Office [see our POSTCARD PETITION CAMPAIGN]