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NI politicians receive ‘highest-level of correspondence’ on a single issue ever from constituents demanding extreme abortion regime is rejected

Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Northern Ireland have received an ‘unprecedented’ response from constituents calling on them to form an executive and prevent an extreme abortion regime from being imposed upon the province. 

Staff from MLA offices across Northern Ireland has said that they had been inundated with tens of thousands of emails, letters, postcards and phone calls requesting the restoration of Stormont. 

One staff worker disclosed: “This is the highest level of correspondence I have seen on any single issue,” while another claimed the level of correspondence received was “unprecedented”.  

A number of MLAs confirmed that they had never received as much correspondence on an issue from constituents on another issue ever with one commenting that they had to take on an extra part-time employee to deal with the amount of correspondence they received on the issue. 

A recent poll, weighted to reflect Northern Irish society, revealed that excluding those who were unsure 57% of people oppose the new abortion regime, with fewer than 43% in favour. 

Opposition to the extreme law change formed a majority among every age category, across both men and women. 

Carla Lockhart, a DUP MLA for Upper Bann, has challenged Westminster MPs over their attempt to impose abortion on Northern Ireland. 

She told political blog, Slugger O’Toole: “The Northern Irish public have not been consulted upon around the detail of any amendments that may be tabled and this is not the way to pass legislation on sensitive social issues.

“The irony is that in a recent inquiry by the Women and Equalities Committee at Westminster 88% of submissions said no to Westminster imposing law change on abortion in Northern Ireland.

“Just last year a ComRes poll year showed that two-thirds of women (and 70% of 18-34-year-olds) in Northern Ireland don’t want abortion laws imposed by Westminster.

“Another ComRes poll from last year showed that 72% of Conservative Party MPs did not support the imposition of abortion laws on Northern Ireland from Westminster.”

She added: “Many people see a much more positive vision for women and their unborn children. One where both lives are respected and can flourish together as far as humanly possible.”

In July, Westminster politicians voted to impose abortion on Northern Ireland if the Stormont Assembly has not returned before 22 October. All Northern Ireland MPs who were present voted against it. 

The last time MLAs voted on the issue of abortion, in 2016, they opposed any change to current abortion laws by a wide margin.

Spokesperson for Right to Life UK, Catherine Robinson said: 

“The unprecedented number of emails to MLAs is further evidence that the majority of people of Northern Ireland do not want this extreme abortion law imposed on them. No Northern Ireland MP voted in favour of the abortion amendment proposing these changes, and the majority of councils in Northern Ireland have now voted against these changes. 

“We now have just 2 days for Sinn Féin to form an Executive with the DUP and prevent this horrific abortion regime from becoming law”.

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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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