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Pro-life group condemns Westminster MPs for trying to force abortion on Northern Ireland

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April 25, 2019 (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) — Westminster MPs have been condemned by the world's oldest and largest pro-life group following the publication of a report for trying to "bully" Northern Ireland into accepting abortion.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has been outraged by the document issued today (Thu Apr 25) by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.

It demands the radical liberalisation of abortion laws in Northern Ireland. 

But SPUC has branded the report "a sham lacking any credibility" and will call on PM Theresa May to publicly reject the document.

SPUC's Northern Ireland political officer, Liam Gibson, accused the committee of being composed of abortion apologists using their position to promote their own extremist views on abortion. 

He said: "This report lacks all credibility. It is a disgrace how a group of pro-abortion MPs have used the committee system to promote their own agenda. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children will be calling on the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to publicly reject the committee's report and all attempts by pro-abortion politicians to bully the people of Northern Ireland into accepting the wholesale legalisation of abortion."

Mr Gibson added: "From the outset, the result of this enquiry was a foregone conclusion. The entire membership of the committee was made-up of pro-abortion MPs who made no attempt to carry out an objective, fair-minded and balanced enquiry. Instead, it was clear that their only aim was the removal of legislation which protects our unborn children.

"Not one of these MPs has received a single vote from the people of Northern Ireland. They are totally dismissive of the right of the people here to maintain laws which protect children from abortion, laws which have saved the lives of over 100,000 babies. They pay lip service to the devolution settlement but then try to dictate what our laws ought to be."

Mr Gibson said the committee's "claims that our human rights obligations require the legalisation of abortion are completely untrue".

And he continued: "Not one universal human rights agreement has ever recognised abortion as a human right. On the contrary, the right to life is the fundamental human right, shared by all members of the human family, born and unborn, regardless of their disabilities or the circumstances of their conception. Abortion violates the right to life.

Mr Gibson continued: "The Convention on the Rights of the Child also states that 'the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.' International law clearly upholds the right to life of unborn children but the report simply ignores this. 

"The committee also ignored the extensive evidence presented to it of the serious harm women have suffered following abortion. Research we presented to the committee shows that abortion is associated with significantly higher death rates for women up to ten years after an abortion, compared with women who gave birth. Suicide rates are around six times greater after abortion than after childbirth. Women described significant grief three years after abortion with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse are also associated with the subsequent pregnancies of women who have had an abortion."

Published with permission from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.

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