Pro-abortion Commission should have no say on Bill aimed at protecting disabled babies in the womb

Precious Life has said no pro-abortion organisation should have any say in a bill aimed at protecting unborn babies with disabilities. The statement came as Northern Ireland Assembly members supported a call for the pro-abortion Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) to advise on a legislative bid to protect unborn babies with disabilities from abortion.

DUP Assembly Member (MLA) Paul Givan has brought forward a bill in the NI Assembly, which aims to prevent abortions for conditions such as Down's Syndrome and cleft palate. Mr Givan said the bill was about removing discrimination against people with disabilities. The bill is to be debated by MLAs next week during its second reading.

However, pro-abortion MLA Paula Bradshaw of the Alliance Party has said the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission should first be consulted on the bill.

The NI Human Rights Commission is unashamedly pro-abortion. Speaking to the News Letter, the NIHRC claimed an unborn child in such cases "does not enjoy a right to life." In January, the Commission took legal action to have even more unborn babies killed in Northern Ireland. NIHRC Chief Les Allamby said the Commission was “deeply concerned” at the LACK of abortions in Northern Ireland.

A number of MLAs, including Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) leader Jim Allister, opposed Ms Bradshaw's move. Mr Allister accused her of "empty grandstanding" and said it was “ironic” that Ms Bradshaw invoked the issue of human rights for a Bill related to abortion.

“There is such a compelling irony in someone rising in his House to invoke the cause of human rights in order to protect the bringing of death to the womb …It really is such empty grandstanding to bring a motion such as this,” he said.

The law that had previously protected unborn babies in Northern Ireland was contained in the “Offences Against The Person Act”. However this was removed when the Westminster Parliament forced abortion on Northern Ireland through SECTION 9 of the ‘NI Executive Formation Act’, The Westminster legislation came into effect in Northern Ireland on 31st March last year. The ‘Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020’ now permits abortions right up to the moment of birth. Last month, the NI Department of Health admitted that 1091 babies have been killed by abortion since the new law came into force.

Westminster’s abortion law was supported by Sinn Fein, SDLP, Alliance Party and the Human Rights Commission.

Precious Life has been exposing the Human Rights Commission’s abortion agenda since 1999. For years the Commission tried to deny they were pro-abortion, but now they unashamedly admit they want abortion right up to the moment of birth.

Director of Precious Life Bernadette Smyth said, “The NIHRC should have no say in Paul Givan’s bill. This pro-abortion quango masquerading as a ‘Human Rights Commission’ is wanting to have even more little human babies killed in Northern Ireland."

Bernadette Smyth concluded, “Precious Life’s REPEAL SECTION 9 Campaign continues until personhood and full protection is restored for every unborn child in Northern Ireland."

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