I support Mr Jim Wells MLA's proposed amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill
In July 2014, Mr Jim Wells MLA of the Northern Ireland Assembly put forward a proposed amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill. Abortion in Northern Ireland is a criminal offence, and this proposed amendment makes clear that a defence to the criminal charge of abortion would not be available to anyone who performed an abortion for fee or reward at a private medical centre.The law in Northern Ireland ensures pregnant women receive world-class medical care in our hospitals because both the unborn child and mother are treated as patients. The purpose of this amendment is to ensure that private clinics, such as the Marie Stopes centre which opened its doors in Belfast in October 2012, cannot legally carry out abortions in Northern Ireland.
Any proposed amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill requires full consultation to ensure all viewpoints are aired and considered. Therefore, the Justice Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly is currently running a public consultation, seeking the public’s views and comments on the proposed amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill.
The people of Northern Ireland have consistently opposed the liberalisation of abortion law in Northern Ireland. We urge you to please state your support for the proposed amendment and make clear your opposition to the Marie Stopes centre remaining open in Belfast. The protection of vulnerable women and unborn children is an issue that transcends normal politics and religious boundaries. We share a common bond in seeking to protect and provide the best care for mothers and unborn children. It is vital that we do all that we can to close down the Marie Stopes centre in Belfast and ensure that unborn children and their mothers are protected!
Please sign this petition and state your support for Jim Wells MLA’s proposed amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill and make clear your opposition to the Marie Stopes centre remaining open in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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Petition to: The Committee for Justice of the Northern Ireland Assembly