By Dave Andrusko
I’m not sure who the American equivalent is of Lord David Steel. Maybe it’s not an individual at all, but the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision itself.
Steel is the British peer who introduced the toxic Abortion Act of 1967. Although we keep hearing that the law “limits” abortion to the first 24 weeks, there are gigantic loopholes that mean Britain essentially has abortion on demand.
Northern Ireland is not covered by the 1967 law. Abortion is only legal if a woman’s life is at risk, or if there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to her mental or physical health.
Which bothers Lord Steel to no end. He told the BBC
“I think they’ve got to face up to the fact the law in NI [Northern Ireland] is simply ridiculous.
But he was just getting started. According to Life Institute
“I find it absolutely extraordinary that Northern Ireland doesn’t, even in a small way, attempt to catch up with where we were in 1967,” Lord Steel stated. He added, “I think politicians [in the House of Commons and the House of Lords] look slightly askance at those from Northern Ireland, and say: ‘How can you possibly represent human rights in that territory if you allow your colleagues in Northern Ireland to constantly turn their backs on a sensible law?'”
The legacy in England and Wales of the 1967 law is that 200,000 babies are aborted each year.
Lord Steel’s shot-across-the-bow is only the latest attempt to change Northern Ireland’s protective law on abortion. NRL News Today has reported many times on the campaign.
A proposal to allow abortions in cases of fatal fetal anomaly was defeated by a vote of 59-40. An amendment relating to pregnancies which are the result of rape or incest was defeated by 64 votes to 30. Members of the Alliance party were responsible for introducing both
But that was seen as merely a speed bump by pro-abortionists. They have been ably assisted by Amnesty International which is attempting to gut the laws in both Ireland [specifically its protective “8th Amendment”] and Northern Ireland.
However, there are pro-life voices in Northern Ireland who rebuked Lord Steel.
Baroness Nuala O’Loan hit back at Steel’s statement by pointing out the 1967 legislation in England had not worked out so well for the British.
“We are getting babies aborted who have cleft palates, a club foot,” said Baroness Nuala O’Loan. “We have seen the scandal of forms that are pre-signed to give consent to abortions. So clearly the 1967 act is not working in England. To translate it into Northern Ireland law would not, I don’t think, be wise.”
Added Bernadette Smyth of Precious Life in Northern Ireland, “David Steel needs to face the horrible reality that, because of the Abortion Act 1967, Britain continues to lag behind Northern Ireland’s glowing standards of maternal health.”