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Northern Ireland power devolution welcomed by leading pro life group SPUC

25 March 2010

Northern Ireland power devolution welcomed by leading pro-life group SPUC Belfast, 25 March 2010 - The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has welcomed the devolution of criminal justice in Northern Ireland from the Westminster parliament to the Stormont assembly.

These powers include legislation and regulation of abortion. Liam Gibson of SPUC Northern Ireland commented: "Opposition to liberal abortion was one of the few issues which united the people and politicians of Northern Ireland throughout the long years of sectarian conflict. A relentless campaign over four decades by SPUC, its supporters and colleagues in other organisations has helped to ensure that repeated efforts to overturn Northern Ireland's legal restrictions on abortion were defeated. The most recent attempt by the abortion extremists in Westminster to introduce the Abortion Act in 2008 failed due to the fierce opposition of members of the Assembly. “Attempts to undermine the protection of our children, however, will continue. Health officials persist in promoting medical guidelines which do not accurately present the law, guidelines which SPUC is actively resisting through the courts. Foreign pro-abortion agencies continue to pressurise Northern Ireland to change its abortion law. “Nevertheless, the devolution of criminal justice powers means that Northern Ireland is entering a new period, in which it will much more difficult for the abortion industry to impose its agenda. Northern Ireland remains the safest place in the UK for unborn children, with the best record on maternal mortality. The pro-life movement is now in a much stronger position to safeguard our existing legislation, as well as introduce new measures to protect women and their unborn children”, concluded Mr Gibson.


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