Northern Ireland: Court Ruling Sends Abortion Law to Assembly

A Belfast High Court judge has ruled that Northern Ireland must make abortion available for unborn children conceived in rape or incest or diagnosed with “fatal fetal abnormalities”. In his ruling, Justice Mark Horner claimed that unborn handicapped babies are “doomed” and that “there is no human life to protect”. Later in the final ruling, he acknowledged that changing the law to abort these unborn children would be “a step too far”. The ruling also asserted that the country’s pro-life law is “incompatible” with the EU’s non-binding Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), but he did affirm that there is “no right to abortion” under the Convention. Ultimately, Justice Horner issued a “declaration of incompatibility”, giving the matter to the Northern Ireland Assembly. [from 2015: 47 New Pro-Life Laws Enacted in US; PNCI Global News_Dec 22,...

Successfully Avoiding Abortion, Northern Ireland Launches a 40 Days For Life Campaign

Two months ago Northern Ireland’s pro-life movement won a victory in turning back an attempt to have abortion legalized ‘through the back door’. Now Precious Life is launching “40 Days for Life”, the startlingly successful campaign of spiritual and pro-life witness which began in the United States in 2004. When the Department of Health of the Government in Westminster drew up draft guidelines on abortion, Precious Life held a series of meetings with MPs and Northern Ireland Assembly Members warning them that guidelines would change how the law against abortion is interpreted and effectively legalise abortion in Northern Ireland ‘through the back door.’ In September, a motion was tabled in the Northern Ireland Assembly, opposing the Department of Health guidelines. Before the debate, Precious Life made a presentation of 120,000 petitions against abortion, signed by the Northern Ireland public. Bernadette Smyth, Director of Precious Life, described the overwhelming passage of the motion as “a victory for unborn children.” Now Precious Life is promoting a campaign of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, which will run from February 6th to March 16th. The campaign consists of three components – prayer and fasting; peaceful vigils outside abortion agencies; and community outreach. Precious Life says they hope the 40 day campaign will inspire people who have never been involved in pro-life activities to come forward and join the pro-life movement. The group has already started to distribute thousands of campaign leaflets together with a petition postcard to the Northern Ireland Office to keep abortion out of Northern Ireland. Smyth commented: [Starting 6 February] “…communities across Ireland and...