Precious Life condemn UK Government for prioritising abortion in Northern Ireland

Precious Life has condemned the UK Government for prioritising abortions while genuine health services are in crisis in Northern Ireland.

Secretary of State For Northern Ireland Chris Heaton-Harris announced the full commissioning of abortion in Northern Ireland, allowing abortion-on-demand right up to the moment of birth. He also boasted “The UK Government is steadfast in its commitment” to ensuring unborn babies are killed by “high-quality” abortion.

In a statement to the media, Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth said, “Since 2020, over 4136 babies in Northern Ireland have already been killed by so-called early medical abortions. But 4136 dead babies are not enough for Chris Heaton-Harris. His commissioning of ‘full abortion’ means babies in the womb will be killed at all stages through pregnancy, right up to the moment of birth.”

It is understood the cost of fully-commissioned abortion could be £5million for Northern Ireland. Chris Heaton-Harris said providing abortions will be the only part of Northern Ireland public spending in 2023 that will be “ringfenced” - meaning abortions will be GUARANTEED all the funds necessary.

Bernadette Smyth responded, “While the Health Service in Northern Ireland is already in crisis due to lack of funds, killing babies in the womb is now prioritised over everything else. Northern Ireland has the worst waiting times of any UK region. According to the BBC, it could take up to 10 years to tackle Northern Ireland's current waiting lists, which are increasing daily. More than 300,000 people are currently waiting for genuine medical treatment, yet taxpayer’s money is now ‘ring-fenced’ and guaranteed for the killing of our unborn babies in Northern Ireland.”

She added,“Chris Heaton-Harris has not only ignored the right to life of unborn babies here, but also blatantly ignored the principles of democracy and devolution by using his governmental powers to override the Stormont Assembly. MLAs from Sinn Fein, SDLP, and other pro-abortion parties must also be called out. They protest when Westminster tries to interfere on other issues – yet welcome and support Westminster’s interference when they force abortion on Northern Ireland. These MLAs are hypocrites!”

Mrs Smyth concluded, "Every woman in an unexpected pregnancy deserves genuine life-affirming healthcare and support. Every child in their mother's womb deserves to be protected from the barbaric practice of abortion. Precious Life will continue campaigning to restore personhood and full legal protection for all unborn babies in Northern Ireland.”

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