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Precious Life denounce Amnesty’s misleading abortion poll

Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group Precious Life have denounced a new poll from Amnesty International which claims that 65 per cent of people in Northern Ireland want the Westminster Government to change Northern Ireland’s abortion laws. The pro-life group said the new poll was “deeply misleading.”

Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth, told The Catholic Universe: “In no way does this new poll prove that the people of Northern Ireland are in favour of changing our pro-life laws. Amnesty International claim the poll sample size – 1,000 people across the province – reflects the liberalising of views in Northern Ireland. But this poll only represents 0.05 per cent of the NI population or 0.08 per cent of the NI electorate. And as we see, Amnesty use highly charged and emotive, and loaded questions to achieve the result they want.

“From our activism, and the collection of tens of thousands of pro-life petitions on the streets of our towns and cities, we know that the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland, when properly informed, are emphatically against the killing of unborn children.”

She explained: “The results of the last Northern Ireland Assembly Elections in 2017 showed that the majority of people of Northern Ireland voted for pro-life politicians who they entrust to defend our pro-life laws and defend the right to life of all unborn children regardless of their abilities, disabilities, or circumstance of conception.

“Yet Amnesty use their opinion polls in an attempt to override the united and unyielding conviction of the people of Northern Ireland that every human being – born and unborn – has an unconditional right to life. Amnesty International cannot be taken seriously – it is an organisation claiming to be a ‘human rights group’ while campaigning for the legalised destruction of unborn children.

She added: “Furthermore, Amnesty are conveniently ‘cherry-picking’ the polls that fit their abortion agenda, and deliberately ignoring other vital information and insights. For example, a British Com Res Poll from 2017 showed that there was a good deal of unease with the current abortion law in Britain. That poll found that 7 in 10 British women wanted time limits to be reduced. Another important finding of the 2017 Com Res poll was that 65 per cent of those surveyed in Britain opposed UK taxpayer money being spent on abortions overseas. And yet, Amnesty are surveying people in England, Scotland and Wales about forcing abortion onto Northern Ireland.

Ms Smyth concluded: “Amnesty’s surveying of those living outside of Northern Ireland is a clear attack on the principles of devolution and the will of the people in Northern Ireland. Their latest opinion poll is deeply misleading and shows that this so-called ‘human rights group’ has no regard for the democratic process that respects and upholds the views of the pro-life people of Northern Ireland.”

Picture: Precious Life campaigners. (Precious Life).