Ireland: The Aftermath

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  June 5, 2018   

UK votes Wednesday to decriminalize abortion in Northern Ireland

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Decriminalizing abortion in Northern Ireland may come down to a vote Wednesday in London's House of Commons at Westminster.

According to Precious Life, a pro-life group in Northern Ireland, the pro-abortion Labour MP Stella Creasy has secured an emergency debate on Northern Ireland's abortion laws June 5 in the UK's House of Commons. The debate will center on overturning Northern Ireland's abortion law and removing legal protections for unborn children throughout the United Kingdom by repealing the 1861 Offences against the Person Act.

Precious Life is urging pro-lifers in Northern Ireland to contact their MPs and impress upon them that this issue should not be decided in the London-based parliament but rather, by Northern Ireland's Stormont Assembly. They want MPs to attend the debate and stress that the democratic process in Northern Ireland be respected.

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley is also saying that Westminster cannot decide to reform Northern Ireland's abortion laws. She stressed that such action from Westminster would "disenfranchise 1.3 million citizens of the United Kingdom." She stressed the need for Northern Ireland's Stormont Assembly to be restored as it is currently in what's called a devolved status.

She added, "That is why the government, like its predecessors, believes that the best forum to debate and resolve these and many other matters is a locally elected Northern Ireland assembly, so the government's priority remains to urgently re-establish strong, inclusive, devolved government at the earliest opportunity." Bradley herself is for relaxing restrictions on abortion but wants the issue to be decided by MPs acting in Belfast and not in London.

Watch the panel discuss who will be pro-abortionists' next target in The Download—Ireland: The Aftermath.



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