4,136 abortions have been carried out in Northern Ireland since March 2020, following the passing of a Westminster imposed abortion law. It marks a 6,263% increase on the 65 abortions which took place in NI between 2014 and 2019
The Life Institute has said that it believes a great deal of malice and a desire to punish pro-life activists is the primary motivation behind moves to criminalise peaceful and prayerful vigils at abortion centres.
A bill that would seek to amend the current abortion law in Northern Ireland that allows for abortions in the case of when the child is diagnosed with a disability in the womb, has passed Committee Stage at the Northern Ireland Assembly.
A majority of Stormont parties have voted to criminalise pro-life prayer and outreach outside abortion centres in Northern Ireland. The ‘Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones)’ was brought by former abortion ‘escort’ worker Claire Bailey MLA, and passed its second stage in the NI Assembly yesterday, 12 October.
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.