Precious Life mark first anniversary of Westminster abortion law with 'baby shoes memorial' at Stormont
THE first anniversary of Westminster passing abortion legislation for Northern Ireland was marked at Stormont when Precious Life held a 'baby shoes' display in front of Parliament Buildings. A one-minute silence was observed in memory of 129 babies who have perished since Section 9 of Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Act 2019 was implemented. The law, which received royal assent on 24 July 2019, introduced into Northern Ireland, one of the most extreme abortion regimes in Europe. It was revealed by Health minister Robin Swann that a total of 129 abortions have been carried out since the law was implemented in the province on 31st March, up until 22nd May 2020
Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth said the anniversary was a day to lament by everyone concerned about the future of Northern Ireland’s unborn children.
The memorial was also attended by DUP MLA Harry Harvey and SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillough.
On the steps of Parliament Buildings, Bernadette said, “Our memorial highlights the dreadful impact this new law has made within two short months.
“We remember all of these unique and defenceless unborn children who died through abortion with this display of 129 pairs of baby shoes at the steps of Stormont. Each pair of baby shoes represents an innocent life cruelly taken from the world by the injustice of abortion that was forced on us by Westminster. Every child deserves a chance to take their first steps.”
Quoting holocaust survivor Eli Wisel, Bernadette said, “To forget would not only be dangerous but offensive. To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”
She also recalled the powerful words of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The battle for precious little unborn babies is a battle for freedom, the freedom to be safe and be allowed to born alive. If we as a society deny our most vulnerable the very right to life then we cannot call ourselves a free society. Every second of every day somewhere in the world a little baby dies a horrible death through abortion. These little ones are not free and while abortion is legal, unborn babies are slaves in their mother's womb.”
Bernadette Smyth concluded, "Our unborn children must be protected in law, policy and practice. We are calling on our elected MLA’s to repeal Section 9 and restore personhood status for each and every child in the womb.