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“Public ignored in NI abortion consultation”

Christian Institute report that  Northern Ireland’s Department of Justice is recommending weakening abortion law in the Province, despite overwhelming opposition shown in its own consultation.   Justice Minister David Ford’s consultation, which ran from October 2014 to January 2015, asked for views on allowing abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime. A press release on the Department of Justice website claims there is a “substantial body of support” for the changes.

This is disputed by the Christian Institute who report that, “the vast majority of the 25,320 responses – including petition signatures, and letters from individuals and organisations – were against changing the law. Just 0.7 per cent of responses were in favour.”@

Ford said he will ask for approval to bring forward a Bill to permit abortion for fatal foetal abnormality.

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) described as "manipulative and misleading" claims by David Ford, the Justice Minister, that there is substantial public support for a liberalisation of the Province’s abortion law, accusing the minister of disregarding the results of his own consultation on the legalisation of abortion for children diagnosed with severe disabilities.

Liam Gibson, SPUC Northern Ireland development officer,  said, "Mr Ford appears to be determined to disregard public opposition to his plans to allow the killing of unborn children judged to be unworthy of the legal protection given to other babies.

"The thousands of people who took part in the consultation to defend the right to life of the most vulnerable of unborn babies will not simply go away. We will ensure that the politicians in the Assembly will hold the minister to account"