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‘100,000 people are alive today because of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws’, women tell Parliament

A group of women have marched on Parliament highlighting that 100,000 people are alive today because of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws.

The march was lead by 10 women each holding a box representing 10,000 people. This symbolised in total the 100,000 people who are alive today because of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws.

The women marched across Westminster bridge, past Parliament and onto the Northern Ireland Office. The women demanded that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland continues to ensure Westminster respects devolution and does not impose an extreme abortion law on Northern Ireland.

Dawn McAvoy, co-founder of Both Lives Matter said: “100,000 people in Northern Ireland are alive today because Northern Ireland did not accept the same abortion law that was introduced into Britain in 1967. These people are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons. Abortion pressure groups have no mandate from us the people of Northern Ireland to impose abortion on Northern Ireland from Westminster. We urge the British Government to respect the people of Northern Ireland and our elected representatives.

“Amnesty, whose leadership have offered to resign following a recent internal report which found significant incidences of bullying, sexism and public humiliation, need to get their own house in order,” Ms McAvoy continued. “Instead they are organising another publicity stunt that ignores the approximately 38 babies born every week in Northern Ireland directly because of our pro-both laws. While English MPs and comedy actresses are entitled to their views, this is a matter for the people of Northern Ireland. Two thirds of women – and 70 per cent of 18-34 year olds – in Northern Ireland want legislative decisions on our abortion law to be made by our democratically elected politicians in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

“If what is proposed by abortion pressure group was to actually happen, it would have dramatic consequences for Northern Ireland. Polling shows the majority voice of the Northern Irish people support decisions on abortion law happening in Northern Ireland, not Westminster. This is a reminder to the government in Westminster that abortion remains a devolved issue in Northern Ireland and laws and policy should be decided by a devolved government.”

Fiona Bruce MP said: “Abortion pressure groups are trying to undermine devolution and impose change to abortion law from Northern Ireland. This is bad for devolution everywhere and contrary to Government policy.

“These extreme proposals are out of touch with the will of the Northern Irish people, and in particular women. It is clear that a strong majority of Northern Irish women reject interference from Westminster and believe that this is a decision for Northern Ireland.

“I urge the Government to listen to the majority of women in Northern Ireland and reject any pressure to impose abortion on Northern Ireland.”

Picture: The group of women marching on Parliament. (Both Lives Matter).