New figures released from the British Department of Health show that the number of Irish women who had an abortion in Britain fell again to 2,879 - more than a 50% decline since 2001 - in the same year that the 8th amendment was repealed and abortion legalised in Ireland.
This past week, the Belfast Telegraph carried an inspiring article by Tracy Harkin of Every Life Counts, featuring her 10 year-old daughter Kathleen Rose who was born with Trisomy 13- a condition the media often wrongly refer to as a “fatal foetal abnormality.” Kathleen Rose and her family were featured on the cover of the newspaper and light up the page with her beautiful smile.
Several important media interviews this past week have focused on the right to life of babies diagnosed with life-limiting conditions in the womb, and the urgent need for better perinatal hospice care.
Last week, the strongest response to the deplorable abuse of privilege that was Sabina Higgins’ push for abortion, came from parents whose children had been diagnosed with life-limiting conditions. Writing in the Independent, Tracy Harkin of Every Life Counts made a powerful case for the protection of unborn children with severe disabilities and for the right of their families to better care.
Lord David Steel, the British peer responsible for introducing the Abortion Act of 1967, which open the door to abortion on demand in Britain, has called for Northern Ireland to fall into step with the United Kingdom in regards to abortion policy and to abandon its current laws which protect mother and baby from abortion.
Bernadette Smyth of Precious Life has a piece published in the Belfast Telegraph welcoming the vote against abortion in Stormont. “Alliance Party MLAs Trevor Lunn's and Stewart Dickson's proposed amendment was calling for the fatal discrimination of unborn children with life-limiting disabilities. It was riddled with terminology that incited fear, despair, and, ultimately, death.
In a double victory for pro-life counselling, for justice and for the unborn child, pro-life leader Bernadette Smyth has won her appeal in the Belfast County Court against a wrongful conviction and a restraining order. On 19th November 2014, Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes wrongfully convicted Bernadette Smyth of harassing Dawn Purvis, the former programme director of Marie Stopes International. He later sentenced her to pay Dawn Purvis £2000 compensation and to 100 hours community service. He also imposed a five year restraining order to stay away from Dawn Purvis or anyone seeking to enter the Marie Stopes centre and had excluded her from going within twenty yards of Marie Stopes
The Life Institute has welcomed the successful appeal by Bernadette Smyth as harassment charges were thrown out of the Belfast County Court.
The judge ruled there was insufficient evidence that Ms Smyth harassed former Marie Stopes abortion clinic director Dawn Purvis.