93% in NI believe both lives matter in a pregnancyAbortion
At an event held at Stormont on Thursday evening, the campaign group Both Lives Matter released new polling which shows 93 per cent of people in NI believe in a pregnancy that both lives are important.
In a packed out room, more than 100 people gathered to hear from Both Lives Matter spokesperson Dawn McAvoy, who set out why BLM is opposed to Diana Johnson’s proposed Ten Minute Rule Bill.
Ms Johnson will be bringing her Ten Minute Rule Motion to the House of Commons on Tuesday October 23. Based on what she has said publically, she wants to amend section 58 and repeal sections 59 and 60 of the Offences Against the Persons Act (1861) (OAPA).
This would leave England, Wales and Northern Ireland with one of the most extreme abortion regimes anywhere in the world.
It would have the effect of removing vital safeguards which exist to provide some protection for the mother and the unborn baby.
The effect of her proposed legislation would also be to leave Northern Ireland with unregulated abortion, quite apart from the consequences on the devolution settlement.
Thursday’s Stormont event follows polling released on Wednesday at a special event at Westminster which suggested a clear majority – 64 per cent - of people in Northern Ireland do not want abortion law to be imposed upon them by Westminster MPs.
According to the polling, 66 per cent of women and 70 per cent of 18-30 year olds agree.
CARE is a founding partner of Both Lives Matter and CARE in NI’s Director Tim Martin was at the event on Thursday night.
He said: “It was an absolute privilege to stand with over 100 others to show our opposition to Diana Johnson’s radical abortion bill.
“According to ComRes polling, 64 per cent of people in Northern Ireland want our elected representatives to decide what our law should be.
“The message from Thursday’s event and from the event at Westminster too could not be clearer: abortion is a devolved responsibility and it is for the people of NI to decide.”
If you want to see pictures from the event, go here.