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Northern Irish woman glad abortion was illegal when she was pregnant

A mum from Northern Ireland has said she was “glad that abortion was illegal” when she became unexpectedly pregnant in 2016.

Abortion was introduced into Northern Ireland by MPs in Westminster in 2019. But when Yvonne Morgan found out that she was pregnant in July 2016, abortion was still illegal.

After her divorce, Yvonne was left sharing a bedroom with her two young sons in her mother’s house. She had scheduled a sterilisation to avoid having any further children.

“I had decided that I didn’t want any more children,” she said. “Then on the morning of the operation I found out I was pregnant. I nearly had a heart attack. The operation had to be cancelled.”

“I was thinking: ‘How am I going to house my children let alone bring another baby into my mother’s house, into my brother’s bedroom, with me and my children sharing a bed?’”

“It scared the living daylights out of me.”

She added: “I didn’t know what I was going to do so I panicked and that’s why I thought: ‘I need an abortion; I can’t cope with this; I don’t even have a roof over my head’.”

Despite her initial fear, Yvonne was able to find support from the pro-life group Precious Life who were able to offer her the reassurance she needed.

She later gave birth to twin girls Eden and Erin.

“I am so glad that the laws were still in place when I had my crisis moment, my unplanned pregnancy,” she said.

“I am thankful there were no abortion clinics here because the state I was in I would have been inside one.”

“I am not judging anyone in that situation. I know how panicked I was whenever I got pregnant with my wee girls.”

“My wee girls are a blessing. It’s hard work being a single mummy to four wee children but I thank God for them. They’ve brought so much joy, not just to my life but my whole family.”

Abortion in Northern Ireland

In the last eighteen months, Northern Ireland has witnessed dramatic changes to its abortion law. Despite widespread public and political opposition in Northern Ireland, MPs in Westminster voted to impose abortion on the region in the absence of a functioning  Executive after the collapse of the Northern Irish Assembly’s power-sharing coalition in January 2017.

In the year since new abortion regulations were introduced  in March 2020, there have been 1,345 abortions in the region. At the same time, the Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill passed its second stage at the Northern Ireland Assembly by 48 votes to 12.

The Bill proposes removing the current grounds in the abortion regulations that were imposed on Northern Ireland by the British Government in 2020, which allow abortion for babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip, and club foot. The Bill has received widespread popular support with over 28,000 people signing a petition calling on political leaders in Northern Ireland to vote for the Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “Stories like Yvonne’s are another reason to have strong legal protections for unborn babies. By her own admission, she was frightened and would likely have had an abortion had it been it legal at the time. Fortunately, it was not.”
“It is estimated that 100,000 people are alive in Northern Ireland today who would not have been had abortion been available as it was in the rest of the UK. This figure was confirmed by the Advertising Standards Authority in 2017. Baby Eden and baby Erin can be added to  those 100,000 people who are alive because abortion was illegal in Northern Ireland.”

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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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