Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group has slammed actresses from the hit TV show Derry Girls for using their platform to promote abortion.
Actresses from the Channel 4 sitcom are heading to Westminster to demand changes to Northern Ireland’s abortion laws. Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare Devlin in the popular series, and Siobhan McSweeney, who plays Sr Michael, will join 26 other women in a protest this week to demand that abortion be legalised in Northern Ireland.
Amnesty International, an organisation that campaigns for abortion to be introduced up to birth throughout the entire UK, is organising the event.
Bernadette Smyth of Precious Life responded to news of the publicity stunt, accusing the actresses of abusing their public profile in a “truly disgusting” manner.
“It’s truly disgusting that these actresses are abusing their very public profile and platform to promote the killing of defenceless unborn babies. Northern Ireland’s pro-life laws protect women and babies from the tragedy, pain and violence of abortion. It’s clear from our activism that there is very little on the ground demand for abortion,” Ms Smyth told The Catholic Universe.
“Over 100,000 people are alive today because of our existing laws,” she continued. “This is acknowledged by the majority of people living in Northern Ireland who, through elected representatives, have persistently voted to uphold the law as it stands. This was last made clear in February 2016. Westminster has no right to override devolved democratic decisions. These actresses need to respect devolution and the democratic will of the people of Northern Ireland.”
Ms Smyth suggested the actresses should consider using their gifts and talents to instead promote better support services for women finding themselves in unplanned pregnancies.
“Instead of promoting the violence of abortion, a much more compassionate response would be to support women feeling powerless and afraid so that they feel empowered to choose life and protect their own well-being also. It is never compassionate to destroy a human life,” she concluded.
Picture: Derry Girls mural. (Precious Life).