NI church leaders oppose radical abortion reforms

Church leaders from across Northern Ireland have come together to oppose radical abortion laws being imposed on the Province.

The heads of the Presbyterian, Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches, along with the President of the Irish Council of Churches, called on their congregations to pray, and politicians to oppose abortion.

In July, Westminster politicians voted to impose unregulated abortion on Northern Ireland if Stormont’s Executive is not restored by 21 October.

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22 October 2019 00:00:00 GMT+01:00

No protections

The leaders are concerned that by permitting unregulated abortion, there will be no protections for unborn babies with a disability and no prohibition on sex-selective abortion.

They said: “There is no evidence that these changes reflect the will of the people affected by them, as they were not consulted.”

They called on the Northern Ireland Secretary to recall the Stormont Assembly so that the Province’s elected representatives can take steps to prevent the laws coming into effect.

Public opposition

Grainne Teggart, the Northern Ireland Campaign Manager for Amnesty International, which opposes protections for unborn children, claimed the public have “long favoured change”.

But a consultation by the Women and Equalities Committee last year revealed 89 per cent of respondents were opposed to any change to the law.

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