Precious Life tell Sinn Féin "Civil Rights begin in the Womb" at Civil Rights Commemoration March

Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group Precious Life joined a coalition of pro-life groups on Saturday (18th August) at the Civil Rights Commemoration March from Coalisland to Dungannon.

The event had been organised by Sinn Féin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights campaign. Precious Life and other groups effectively exposed Sinn Féin’s “hypocrisy” in claiming to support civil rights while denying the right to life to unborn children. 

Director of Precious Life Bernadette Smyth said, “Our message in this march was crystal clear – ‘Civil Rights begin in the Womb.’ Fifty years ago, people marched for their civil rights, yet at this present time in history, Sinn Féin are attacking the most fundamental civil right of all - the right to life."

She explained, “Sinn Féin campaigned to legalise abortion in the Republic, and leading members of Sinn Féin recently signed a letter calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland, which would make it legal to kill babies in the womb right up to the moment of birth. This shows the downright hypocrisy of Sinn Féin who are claiming to support and commemorate civil rights while denying the right to life to unborn children.”

Ms Smyth added, “We want to express our sincere thanks to the large numbers of pro-life people from across Northern Ireland and beyond who attended the march and raised their voices to speak out for the most fundamental civil right of all – the right to life. Abortion is the greatest human rights battle of our generation. Without the civil right to life, all other rights are utterly meaningless. There has been enough bloodshed in Northern Ireland since 1968, without now legalising the killing of our unborn children. We were delighted with the hundreds of people in attendance.”

Bernadette Smyth concluded, “On Saturday, we exposed Sinn Fein's hypocrisy and hundreds of pro-life people sent a strong ‘NO’ to their cruel and extreme abortion agenda. We marched for the most fundamental civil right – the right to life – so that Northern Ireland’s unborn babies and their mothers are protected from the barbarity of abortion."

Check out our photo gallery from the event here!

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