Mark Baillie in the Belfast Telegraph speaking about Abortion and NI Election
Mark Baillie, CARE for Northern Ireland's Policy Officer wrote a letter to The Belfast Telegraph urging voters to consider candidate's and parties' stances on abortion before casting their vote in the Northern Ireland Election in March.
Abortion is an issue that the next Assembly are going to have to face. Elected MLAs will have the responsibility to decide whether or not to uphold the current laws on abortion. Therefore, Care For Northern Ireland urges voters to ask prospective candidates their stance on abortion, as they weigh up how to cast their vote.Our current laws on abortion have created a life-affirming culture in Northern Ireland and have fostered a society which values the life of both the mother and the unborn child.Research from Both Lives Matter has shown that 100,000 people are alive in Northern Ireland today, because of our laws on abortion.Care For Northern Ireland hopes that the Assembly which is elected will affirm that both lives matter.
You can access the letter online here
If you would like to find out more on how to get involved in the Northern Ireland Election, CARE has launched Engage 17 - a practical resource that will equip voters and churches for the NI Assembly Elections. Here you can access party manifestos, MLAs past voting record on various issues, information on key policy areas and also step-by-step guides on how to hold a hustings.
CARE has put together a specific page on abortion in NI. On this page CARE has listed the main challenges that have come up regarding abortion in the past few years. It also features a useful list of questions for voters to be able to ask prospective candidates about abortion. You can access this page here.
'Abortion is almost bound to become a big issue for the next Assembly. It has, therefore, never been more important to fight for the election of pro-Life Assembly Members to defend and celebrate our current law.' - Mark Baillie