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BMA calls for imposition of abortion on Northern Ireland

The British Medical Association (BMA) has pass a motion to remove almost all legal safeguards surrounding abortion and has called for the extension of abortion to Northern Ireland.

In a vote at the BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) in Belfast, medical professionals voted to repeal sections 58 and 59 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, as well as extend the provision of abortion to Northern Ireland.

This vote was essentially a restatement of the BMA ARM in 2017 which also voted to remove all legal safeguards in abortion legislation.

There are strong pro-life protections in Northern Ireland where abortion remains a devolved issue. This means that the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply and there are 100,000 people alive today because of this.

Speeches opposed to the motion to extend abortion provision to Northern Ireland focused on the need to respect the fact that abortion remains a devolved issue – the decision as to the abortion law in Northern Ireland remains a decision for the Parliamentary Assembly there, and it is not the prerogative of Westminster or other lobby groups to force such legislation on the region.

The most recent vote on this in 2016, showed that a clear majority of the Northern Ireland Assembly, upheld the law on abortion as it currently stands and the majority of women in Northern Ireland remain opposed to anyone other than the people of Northern Ireland and their elected representatives.

Clare McCarthy from Right To Life UK said:

Although the passing of this motion by the BMA to remove legal safeguards in the abortion law and to extend abortion provision to Northern Ireland is disappointing, it is essentially a reiteration of votes from previous years.”

“The majority of women in Northern Ireland have made clear that they do not want outside intervention to force abortion on Northern Ireland and expect it to remain a decision for the people their. We hope that the BMA will respect devolution in the future.”

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Dear reader

Thanks to the support from people like you, last year a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Domestic Abuse Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition.

We are currently facing major threats on five separate fronts:

  1. Pro-abortion MP Rupa Huq has brought forward an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to introduce a jail term of up to two years if a pro-lifer offers support or advice to a woman near an abortion clinic. This is a threat to unborn babies and to freedom of speech.
  2. The assisted suicide lobby has brought forward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.
  3. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  4. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  5. The abortion lobby is expected to make another attempt to change abortion law to allow abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. 

Fighting both the abortion and assisted suicide lobbies over this period has already made a huge dent in Right To Life UK's limited resources.

To cover this gap and ensure we effectively defeat these proposals during this period, we must raise at least £200,000.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a significant difference.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a special gift right now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?

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