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Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Chris Heaton-Harris announced Monday he is overstepping Northern Ireland's government and Department of Health to broaden abortion access.
The UK Government has been clear that it would commission abortion services if the Department of Health did not act. We regret that this step is needed, in what ought to be a matter for the Department of Health to implement. The Government has been left with no other option ... .
Abortion has been legal in Northern Ireland since 2019, but with a 12-week limit. Heaton-Harris' expansion of baby-murder "services" will allow for abortion up until the moment of birth.
According to Right To Life UK, the sweeping changes will permit sex-selective abortions as well as abortions on the basis of disabilities like Down syndrome.
Furthermore, the U.K. government will "ensure that appropriate funding is available" to train doctors and nurses in murdering the unborn, and Northern Ireland's taxpayers will "fund abortion services" in the country.
Bernadette Smyth, founder and director of Northern Ireland's pro-life group Precious Life, blasted the British decision: "Chris Heaton-Harris is not only ignoring the right to life of unborn babies here but also blatantly ignoring the principles of democracy and devolution by using his governmental powers to override the Stormont Assembly."
The Methodist Church in Ireland also condemned Heaton-Harris's abortion expansion: "Like all our sister churches we greatly lamented the introduction from Westminster, over the heads of our devolved democracy, [of] possibly the most liberal abortion legislation in Europe."
The Presbyterian Church further condemned the announcement: "[O]ver the last number of years we have consistently put on record our total opposition to Westminster's imposition of the most destructive liberal abortion legislation in these islands."
The group also pointed out abortions have more than quadrupled since legalization.
Northern Ireland's Catholic bishops spoke out against the United Kingdom's abortion expansion earlier this year.
Heaton-Harris is a member of the United Kingdom's ruling Conservative Party, which is responsible for decriminalizing abortion in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland has a devolved government, meaning the people elect representatives to make laws independent of the central or federal government. The central government (Westminster, in this case) can repeal the powers granted to the devolved government (called Stormont in Northern Ireland) since they are not enumerated in a federal constitution.
Stormont functions by forming an executive body through mutual power-sharing between British unionists and Irish nationalists. In 2017, the executive body collapsed when ministers resigned from their offices. Westminster stepped in to govern until a new executive could be agreed upon by the Legislative Assembly at Stormont. This didn't happen until 2020.
In the interim, Westminster passed a bill in 2019 legalizing same-sex so-called marriage and abortion, bypassing Northern Ireland's duly elected representatives.
This move was overseen by Britain's Conservative Party, then led by Theresa May. Most Tory members of Parliament (MPs) abstained from voting, allowing the left-wing Labour Party to force abortion on Northern Ireland.
At the time, Baroness O'Loan, a member of Britain's upper house of Parliament, condemned the legislation. She pointed out not only the callous disregard for Northern Ireland's government and people but the brutal realities of abortion. Nearly 20,000 residents of Northern Ireland wrote in support of Baroness O'Loan's statement.
But the Tories didn't stop there. In 2021, under the supervision of then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Westminster tried to pressure the then-functional Stormont to broaden abortion access.
Though not directly affecting Northern Ireland, an overwhelming majority of Conservative MPs recently voted with Labour to ban prayer and pro-life protests outside abortion mills.
And now, Conservative Heaton-Harris has bypassed a legitimate government to impose almost unrestricted baby-murder on Northern Ireland.
Once considered the political arm of the Irish Republican Army, Sinn Féin has completely caved to Britain in its effort to kill Irish babies.
Sinn Féin was originally an Irish nationalist party: fiercely Catholic, openly pro-life and completely opposed to British rule. The party existed in Northern Ireland to represent Irish Catholics in the area, pejoratively called Fenians.
Once the Republic of Ireland decriminalized abortion in 2018, Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland abandoned Irish nationalism and welcomed with open arms Westminster and its abortion legislation.
Sinn Féin is clearly no longer pro-life and is certainly no longer Catholic; the party founded on opposing British murder of Irish children now openly promotes and advocates just that.