Stella Creasy: "Do NOT consult the people of NI on abortion law"

Radically pro-abortion Labour MP Stella Creasy last night sought affirmation from a Government Minister in the House of Lords that the people of Northern Ireland would not be consulted on the introduction of a devastating new abortion regime. Abortion is set to be forced on the province, without consent from the people, on October 21st. Westminster's new law would legalise abortion up to 7 months (28 weeks gestation) for any reason, and up to birth for certain cases.

Amidst intense scenes in the House of Commons surronding the possibility of a General election, the resignation of the Speaker, and the progrogation of Parliament, MPs briefly discussed reports on the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Act 2019, the Act which would force abortion on Northern Ireland.

The people of Northern Ireland must NOT be consulted

Labour MP Creasy, who has long targeted Northern Ireland with her extreme abortion agenda, was responsible for usurping the governance bill by tabling an amendment which would require the Secretary of State to impose abortion on Northern Ireland. As usual, she took the opportunity to push her abortion agenda once again.

“We are 35 days away from the possibility that these clauses will become law, so will he [the Minister] give us some more detail?” she asked. “In particular, he talks about consultation. Can he confirm whether there is going to be public involvement in that consultation? It is really important for this House to be clear that, just as we would not ask non-medical professionals to consult on how to conduct a vasectomy, we should not do so when it comes to an abortion.”

Precious Life, Northern Ireland's leading pro-life organisation, responded to MP Stella Creasy's comments today. saying: "After forcing through this horrific and extreme abortion law against the democratic will of the people of Northern Ireland and their elected representatives, it's clear that Stella Creasy is determined that the public are kept in the dark. She doesn't want the people of Northern Ireland to be consulted on this legislation, which is completely out of step with public opinion, or its implementation.

Stella Creasy is rightfully worried

It's clear that Stella Creasy is worried that public consultation will indeed change the outcome, as happened with the Domestic Abuse bill. Hundreds of Precious Life supporters were among those who made submissions advocating against the introduction of abortion to Northern Ireland. These submissions, including evidence from medical and legal professionals along with women who had been through abortion, and those who had chosen life in crisis situations, were left out of it entirely. 

What is now absolutely clear and indisputable is the fact that there is absolutely no on-the-ground demand for abortion in Northern Ireland. This horrific abortion Act, which would make abortion legal throughout all 7 months of pregnancy, is NOT in the name of the people of Northern Ireland. Time and time again, the people here have rejected the cruelty of abortion in favour of life-affirming alternatives for women and families, and election after election, the people have persistently voted for pro-life politicians who have promised to uphold the right to life of unborn children here.

Over 20,000 people joined the 'March for Their Lives' on Saturday, protesting Westminster's extreme abortion law and demanding real alternatives for mothers and their babies. The event was organised by Precious Life and other pro-life groups, and was an uplifting and powerful testament to the public support for Nothern Ireland's laws protecting both mothers in crisis and their babies. Belfast City Centre was gridlocked as people of all ages, including a huge number of young people and families, gathered to reject Westminster's abortion law, in support of life-affirming help for women and babies. The event clearly showed that Stella Creasy certainly does have something to worry about when it comes to consulting the people of Northern Ireland on their own laws.

Ignoring the people

Several pro-life MPs raised concerns in the House of Lords last night about how the people of Northern Ireland have been left in the dark on the issue. Jim Shannon of the DUP said, "I want to put it on record that 60% of those surveyed in a national opinion poll in Northern Ireland said they did not want any change. I am asking the House today not to make this change against the wishes of the people of Northern Ireland."

Endangering mothers and babies

Fiona Bruce MP also explained how the legislation rammed through by Stella Creasy will leave unborn babies with no legal protection and cause enormous harm to women. "If an Executive are not reformber, she said,  “the people of Northern Ireland will find themselves in a situation where the provision of abortion, from conception up until the point of viability, which could be as far as 28 weeks, will take place in a complete legal vacuum from 22 October, with no guarantee that anything will be put in place until 31 March 2020. That is unacceptable. It means five months when there will, in effect, be no law regulating abortion at all in Northern Ireland—as I say, these are abortions taking place from conception until just before a baby is capable of being born alive. I said that we should not rush through this legislation when it was originally debated and now we see the results.”

“This country has all manner of statutory checks to protect women, including the need for clinics to be vetted and registered, none of which will exist in Northern Ireland,” she went on. “How is that good for the health of women in Northern Ireland?”

Blood On Their Hands

The DUP’s Ian Paisley summed up the situation when he said: “Does the Secretary of State realise that the legacy of what he has announced is complete and total legal chaos from 21 October to March next year? There will be no regulatory framework in place, and anything goes when it comes to the termination of the lives of innocent children. Is that the legacy that he wants? Is that the blood on the hands that he wants?”


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