Pro-lifers present ‘biggest ever’ petition to Northern Irish Parliament
November 29, 2016 (SPUC) -- A 300,000 signature petition opposing change to Northern Ireland's abortion law has been presented to Stormont. MLA Jim Wells said it is the largest petition ever presented to the Assembly.
Mr Wells of the DUP said that all 300,000 people who signed the petition organised by Precious Life had postal addresses in Northern Ireland. In contrast, it has been questioned whether the 45,000 signatures on an Amnesty International calling for the legalisation of abortion were collected from within the region.
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Mr Wells told the Assembly: "I am presenting you with what I believe to be the largest petition ever received by the Northern Ireland Assembly - 300,000 signatures - not 45,000 - 300,000 signatures calling for the protection of unborn children in Northern Ireland."
The two petitions come as a panel set up by the Northern Ireland Executive to examine abortion law in is believed to have recommended legislative change in cases of "fatal foetal abnormality". The working group reported its findings to ministers on October 11, but its conclusions have yet to be published.
Reprinted with permission from Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.