Mr Liam Gibson, spokesman for SPUC in Northern Ireland, said: "This
is an outrageous interference in the political and moral affairs of our
part of the world. The FPA is part of the International Planned
Parenthood Federation which has constantly put pressure on the British
government and on Northern Ireland to introduce permissive abortion
"Such pressures have been consistently resisted by Northern
Ireland's elected representatives. On 29 February 1984, the Northern
Ireland Assembly voted by 20 to 1 against the introduction of the
Abortion Act or any like legislation to Northern Ireland. On 20 June
last year the new Northern Ireland Assembly adopted a motion
reiterating the stance of the previous assembly with regard to abortion
on demand and the extension of the Abortion Act 1967.
"As the Reverend Ian Paisley has said: 'The overwhelming
opposition (to abortion) is amazing, because it stretches from the
Unionist parties to the nationalist SDLP...'.
"The pro-abortion lobby justify their position by making
fallacious claims about lack of clarity in Northern Ireland's laws. In
truth, the position in Northern Ireland is very clear indeed. As Mo
Mowlam put it when she expressed regret that the Abortion Act had not
been extended to Northern Ireland: "Progress is hampered by lack of
support across the parties in Northern Ireland for change in this area
... it's called democracy" (Belfast Telegraph, 13 October 1999).
"The overwhelming majority of the people of Northern Ireland
support the recommendation made by SPUC for the following draft clause
in a Northern Ireland Bill of Rights: 'Every child by reason of his
physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care,
including appropriate legal protection before as well as after birth.'"
The FPA is reported to have sought permission last week for a judicial review of the current abortion situation in Northern Ireland.