Back in 2019, Westminster imposed abortion on Northern Ireland with the contrivance of Sinn Féín and the SDLP. Despite the easing of abortion restrictions, abortion access has still been limited in the North. In March this year, Sectary of State, Brandon Lewis, passed the 2021 Abortion Regulations, which will give him the power to force all health bodies in Northern Ireland to provide full abortion services.
A private members bill is seeking to change Northern Ireland's current abortion law on disability grounds. Currently, abortion is legal in the region for any reason up to 12 weeks, and up to 24 weeks when the mothers life is in danger - but is legal up until birth in the case of a disability, which can include Down's syndrome or a cleft palate.
I am addressing these words specifically to Christians in the Irish Catholic tradition. In the wake of the enforced abortion legislation, that has been railroaded through the British Parliament, we need to reflect.
The Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont has voted against the imposition of abortion regulations by Westminster that allow for babies with disabilities to be aborted until birth. The vote was warmly welcomed by disability campaigners and pro-life groups.
A new poll has shown that only 5% of voters in Northern Ireland support introducing abortion to 24 weeks - which is what is being proposed by the Conservative government and Sinn Féin after last year's vote to impose abortion on the region.
Early yesterday morning, Labour released their manifesto, highlighting what they plan to implement into the UK should they win the election. When searching their manifesto for 2019 online, the headlines appear to focus on the topic of how Labour pledge to bring hope to Britain, yet it is not so easy for pro-lifers to find out their stance on abortion. In fact, in the manifesto itself, the word “abortion” is only used twice throughout the entire document; and you have to read carefully to find it.
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in Britain fell again to 2,879 - more than a 50% decline since 2001 - in the same year that the 8th amendment was repealed and abortion legalised in Ireland.