Support 1st female leader of Northern Ireland's vow not to extend the 1967 Abortion Act!
Arlene Foster, the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and the first female leader in Northern Ireland, has vowed to prevent the 1967 Abortion Act from being extended to the rest of the region.
The historical consensus across party lines was broken last year by Sinn Féin, one of the other major political parties in Northern Ireland. Sinn Féin has traditionally been pro-life, until it sadly changed its stance on abortion saying that it should be permitted in certain, limited cases.
This change of stance is both naïve and shameful. The issue of abortion is not and never should be a party political issue and Sinn Féin’s change, in distinct opposition to their supporters' consistent pro-life ethos, is despicable.
Such incremental legislation is similar to what has been going on in the Republic of Ireland recently, where, now-infamous names, such as Liam Neeson have disappointingly joined Amnesty International in their campaign to liberalise abortion laws, there, too.
And now, even in Northern Ireland, a dedicated few are pushing for the liberalisation of their abortion laws, despite the fact that only a fifth of the members of the Northern Ireland Assembly support a change.
The majority of the Assembly’s politicians, as well as an alliance of evangelical Protestants and the Catholic Church, remain opposed to a change in the law and enjoy much popular support.
Critics of the pro-life laws typically point to hard cases, basing their case for legal change on emotional stories. The move to extend the Abortion Act to Northern Ireland is no different.
In fact, The Guardian has been running a determined campaign to put pressure on Northern Ireland to change its laws. In doing so, it has offered many emotional testimonies from women who have sought abortions.
As always though, the reality of the violence of abortion is brushed aside, and the facts of life in the womb as well as the testimony of those who sincerely regret abortions, are routinely ignored.
Therefore, we should show Foster that she has our support on this issue. The taking of innocent human life is not something that any country needs.
What Ireland – both the North and the Republic – needs is: support to alleviate the financial and family pressures which might lead one to seek abortion; reprimand of cowardly fathers who refuse to fulfil their duties to their child and his or her mother; and, encouragement in the face of fear.
We should urge the politicians in Ireland - North and South - to remain firm in their respect for life at all stages regardless of age, disability or sex.
By doing so, they can be good examples to politicians in England, Scotland and Wales.
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Northern Ireland does not need Britain's disastrous abortion law