Westminster imposes abortion on NI

10 Jul 2019

Westminster has voted to impose abortion on Northern Ireland, a nation where abortion is permitted only under limited circumstances - to save the life of the mother or if there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to the mental or physical health of the mother.

With overwhelming support from MPs for amendments on abortion and same-sex marriage (332 to 99) these radical changes will be imposed if there is no devolved government in place by 21st October. The Bill will now proceed to the House of Lords.

Nigel Dodds of the Democratic Unionist Party expressed his opinion that normal practices on consultation and devolution were being ignored and that the Amendment makes "abortion legal for absolutely any reason, including gender and disability, until a legal presumption of 28 weeks.” (As quoted by Right to Life)

Fiona Bruce, Conservative MP said the manner in which the issues had been handled was “unconstitutional, undemocratic, legally incoherent and utterly disrespectful to the people of Northern Ireland” and that such radical amendments were approved "with just a derisory one hour’s debate”. Callum Webster, the Christian Institute's Northern Ireland Officer said : “An estimated 100,000 lives have been saved in the Province precisely because of its good laws on abortion....In contrast, in England, Scotland and Wales there have been almost nine million abortions since the 1967 Abortion Act came into force....It is tragic that Parliamentarians from outside Northern Ireland have pushed this through.” (As quoted by Christian Institute)

Clare McCarthy, spokesperson for Right to Life UK, said the amendment was an “unconstitutional and disrespectful attempt to override devolution in Northern Ireland and to attempt to impose abortion on demand on the Northern Irish people....The law on this issue should be a decision for the people of Northern Ireland and their elected representatives, not for MPs in Westminster to decide......Westminster must respect the principle and spirit of devolution and ensure the people of Northern Ireland, through their elected representatives, get to decide on what law and policy should apply in that jurisdiction." Dawn McAvoy from Both Lives Matter stated: “This is without question a sad day for Northern Ireland.”
(As quoted by the Catholic Herald)