By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared here.
With Northern Ireland’s local elections approaching on Thursday May 2, SPUC is encouraging all voters to be aware of their candidate’s position on abortion, and vote pro-life.
With Northern Ireland’s pro-life culture currently under attack by those who would see abortion decriminalised until at least the 24th week of pregnancy, it is imperative that all voters who believe in upholding equality and human rights, vote only for candidates committed to defending the lives of all children.
Northern Ireland’s Culture Of Life
Northern Ireland is currently the only territory left within the United Kingdom that has resisted widescale abortion as the 1967 Abortion Act did not extend into the North. Instead, the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act still applies in Northern Ireland protecting human life.
As Health was one of the devolved powers transferred to the Northern Ireland Assembly, any change to abortion law must be made by those elected officials. Pro-abortion campaigners however have appeared keen to disregard the position of Northern Ireland in continuously pressuring the Westminster [English] Government to impose abortion upon the North.
Currently in Northern Ireland, abortion remains illegal. It is only permitted in the rare circumstance to preserve the life of the mother under the Infant Life Preservation Act. Pro-abortion campaigners however are aiming to overthrow the pro-life laws which protect Northern Ireland’s unborn children and see abortion decriminalised in the territory.