Respect our abortion law, say NI women

Women from Northern Ireland have urged Westminster politicians to respect the pro-life laws of the Province.

A march organised by Both Lives Matter, featured ten women each carrying a box containing 10,000 names, symbolising the estimated 100,000 lives saved by Northern Ireland’s abortion laws.

They were opposed by Amnesty International, alongside actresses from Channel 4’s Derry Girls, calling on Westminster to impose abortion in NI.


Both Lives Matter called on politicians to respect devolution and not force “an extreme abortion law” on the Province.

Recent ComRes polling shows that 64% of people think that changing abortion law in Northern Ireland is a decision for MLAs. This included 66% of women and 70% of 18-34 year olds.

Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland except where the mother’s life is at risk.


Dawn McAvoy, co-founder of Both Lives Matter, said the abortion lobby has no mandate from the people of Northern Ireland to impose abortion.

She said: “100,000 people in Northern Ireland are alive today because Northern Ireland did not accept the same abortion law that was introduced into Britain in 1967. These people are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons.”

“While English MPs and comedy actresses are entitled to their views, this is a matter for the people of Northern Ireland”, she added.

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