Press Release: Precious Life call on Police to stop “desperate publicity stunt” of Abortion Pill Bus


Date: 30th May 2018 

Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group Precious Life have denounced a plan by pro-abortion groups to drive a bus to Belfast tomorrow (31 May) to deliver illegal abortions pills as a “desperate publicity stunt”. Precious Life said the plan showed “utter contempt for the law” and have called on police and Chief Medical Officer to intervene.

Abortion pills - Misoprostol and Mifepristone, also known as RU486 - are poisonous substances taken together to end the life of an unborn child up to nine weeks of pregnancy.

Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth said, “This is a desperate publicity stunt by these pro-abortion groups. Not surprisingly, they have no regard for vulnerable and defenceless unborn children, but they are showing a disturbing disregard for women’s safety, and utter contempt for the law.”

“These pills are extremely dangerous and attack an already vulnerable and distressed woman’s mind and body. Even the drug’s manufacturer – Danco – has reported at least 400 adverse effects since RU486 was first approved. The developer of the drug has actually said ‘…It is an appalling psychological ordeal…’ China has also banned it due to safety concerns.”

Mrs Smyth explained the serious dangers of the abortion pills. “Since 2001, at least twenty-two women worldwide have died from fatal complications including haemorrhage, toxic shock, sepsis, organ failure, and ruptured ectopic pregnancy following an early abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol. Furthermore, not only are these abortion drugs dangerous, they are also illegal. It is a criminal offence in Northern Ireland to supply or procure drugs that cause abortion,” she said.

She added, “This is another attack on our pro-life laws in Northern Ireland. These pro-abortion groups are attempting to ‘change the law by breaking the law.’ Precious Life will protest at this bus illegally giving out abortion pills. We call on Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Michael McBride to urgently issue information to women about the serious dangers of these illegal abortion pills. We also call on the PSNI to put a stop to this bus giving out illegal abortion drugs that will endanger women and kill unborn babies. A public announcement of a plan to flout the law would not be tolerated if it were related to any other criminal offence. The PSNI must intervene and do everything in their power to keep women and their unborn children safe in Northern Ireland.”

Bernadette Smyth concluded, “Women in crisis pregnancies need real help and support. Abortion is never the answer. The drugs kill unborn babies, but women deserve to be fully informed of the dangers to themselves of these drugs. No flouting of the law should be tolerated. Our laws matter because every life matters.”

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