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Pro-lifers condemn Jeremy Corbyn over Labour Party’s pledge to impose abortion on Northern Ireland

by | May 11, 2017

Editor’s note. The following comes from information provided in two separate posts from SPUC–the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.

Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of “breathtaking arrogance” by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children over the party’s commitment to impose legalised abortion on Northern Ireland through Westminster.

Details of the proposal have emerged in copies of the party’s leaked manifesto.

The 1967 Abortion Act, which legislated for abortion in England, Wales, and Scotland, was never extended to Northern Ireland [meaning the abortion issue is addressed by the Northern Ireland Assembly sitting in Stormont in Belfast].

According to reports in The Guardian, Labour will “extend the right to abortion to Northern Ireland,” if Corbyn becomes Prime Minister of England.

The revelation has sparked outrage in the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) which says the commitment demonstrates “utter contempt” for the voters of the Province.

SPUC is appalled by the manifesto commitment.

The organisation’s Northern Ireland development officer Liam Gibson, said:

“We have the legal and constitutional right to make our own laws on issues such as abortion, which is a matter for the Assembly in Stormont.

“If the Labour Party were to carry out its threat to override the democratic settlement in the Province in order to push its own extremist and unpopular abortion agenda, it would severely damage the credibility of the political process and make the existence of the Assembly meaningless.”

Gibson added

“The decision by the Labour Party to include in its election manifesto a commitment to impose the Abortion Act on Northern Ireland demonstrates a shocking level of utter contempt for the people of the Province and the devolved institutions established by the Good Friday Agreement.”

“We are outraged but so should every single person in Northern Ireland by this highhanded interference.”

John Smeaton, SPUC’s chief executive, explained that “Since the Abortion Act of 1967, an estimated 8.7 million unborn children have been killed in the UK – that’s almost FIVE times the 1.8 million population of Northern Ireland. There are around 200,000 abortions every year in the UK – that’s 550 every day. Almost all (98 percent) carried out at the expense of the taxpayer.”

He concluded

“The job of the pro-life movement in 2017 is the same as it’s always been, to stop the concept of abortion becoming normal. It is normal not to kill children.

“On election day Northern Ireland has another chance to make a stand for the innocents and I ask everyone to contact their candidates urging them to vote against the legalisation of abortion.

“And I would encourage all voters to take a look at what has happened in the rest of the UK and learn from our mistakes. Make sure you vote only for pro-life candidates as they can and will make a difference in the fight for the rights of the unborn child.”

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