35,000 signatures to stop abortion in Northern Ireland

35,000 signatures to stop abortion in Northern Ireland

CITIZENGO CAMPAIGNS FOR LIFE


 

- Caroline Farrow: “This law violates the Good Friday Agreement, by taking away from the people of the North of Ireland the right to decide their own laws on abortion without interference from elsewhere”.


LONDON, OCTOBER 18TH, 2019.- The international platform CitizenGO has launched a signature-gathering campaign in which CitizenGOers demand that president of Sinn Fein, Michele O'Neill, reconvenes the Executive Assembly in Stormont to oppose an "extreme" abortion law, due be forced on the Province by London. 


Northern Ireland has been subject to governance by Westminster since Stormont was suspended in January 2017 when the two parties, the DUP, and Sinn Fein were unable to form an alliance. As a result, left-wing MPs in Westminster have sought to capitalise upon the power vacuum with a new law. Denouncing the bill, Caroline Farrow, the Campaign Director of CitizenGO for the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland said,  “they're seeking to enforce one of the most extreme abortion laws in Europe upon one of the last havens in the continent which still protects unborn life”.


The bill, that would come into force on October 21st if the Sinn Fein does not agree to reconvene the government, would leave unborn children without protection until the stage of 28 weeks. And, also, it would legalize sex-selective abortion, affecting mostly girls, and allow for abortion of babies with Down syndrome, or abortion of one out of two twins.


According to the bill, children under the age of 15 years could abort without requiring parental consent. Furthermore, there will be no provision mandating that pain relief be given to babies during abortions in Northern Ireland.  


“Sadly it appears that Sinn Féin is not intending to reconvene the assembly specifically because they want this extreme abortion law imposed on the North of Ireland. This is totally unacceptable.”, commented Caroline Farrow, who adds, “It will also violate the Good Friday Agreement, by taking away from the people of the North of Ireland the right to decide their own laws on abortion without interference from elsewhere.





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Caroline Farrow

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