Precious Life “determined to keep fighting” against abortion in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group Precious Life say they are “determined to keep fighting to uphold the laws in the North that protect unborn babies and their mothers from abortion.” The pro-life group was responding to calls from pro-abortion groups, including Sinn Fein, to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland following the referendum in the Republic of Ireland, which removed all constitutional rights from unborn babies. Precious Life also welcomed former First Minister Arlene Foster’s statement that the result of the referendum has no impact upon the law in Northern Ireland.

Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth said, "Before the official results of the Irish referendum were even announced, the pro-abortionists were baying for the blood of Northern Ireland's unborn children. But we will not stand idly by and let pro-abortion groups, in collusion with pro-abortion politicians, try to legalise the killing of our unborn children by attacking our pro-life laws."

 “The law in Northern Ireland protects both mother and child. Without abortion, Northern Ireland is one of the safest place in the world for women to give birth. In contrast, Britain’s high abortion rates run parallel to higher incidences of stillbirths, premature births, low birth-weight neonates, cerebral palsy, and maternal deaths as direct consequences of abortion.”

Mrs Smyth added, “We agree with Arlene Foster when she says the referendum result has no impact upon the law in Northern Ireland. Mrs Foster stated that, ‘The legislation governing abortion is a devolved matter and it is for the Northern Ireland Assembly to debate and decide such issues.’ Precious Life’s ‘Lobby for Life Campaign’ is now even more crucial to ensure our Assembly upholds the pro-life laws in Northern Ireland.”

Precious Life also condemned Sinn Fein’s calls to legalise abortion here. Mrs Smyth said, “Northern Ireland's unborn babies are now caught in Sinn Fein’s crosshairs. It was disgusting to see their party leaders Michelle O’Neill and Mary Lou McDonald laughing and gloating as they held aloft their sign with the death threat - ‘The North is Next’.  Sinn Fein, the only all-Ireland party, are not satisfied with unborn babies being killed just in the 26 counties - they are now targeting our babies in the 6 counties.”

Bernadette Smyth concluded, “The people of Northern Ireland have seen enough bloodshed without now killing the most vulnerable, defenceless members of our society. Precious Life are determined to keep fighting to uphold the laws in the North that protect unborn babies and their mothers from abortion. We must continue to keep abortion not only illegal but unthinkable."

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