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Precious Life say new pro-life amendment will “Close The Door” on Marie Stopes

Precious Life have welcomed the announcement of an amendment coming before the Northern Ireland Assembly that will stop private abortion ‘clinics’ from operating in Northern Ireland. Precious Life say the new legislation will strengthen the laws protecting unborn babies.

Lagan Valley DUP Assembly Member Paul Givan and North Belfast SDLP Assembly Member Alban Maginness have jointly tabled an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill.

Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth said, "This is a victory for democracy. This is a victory for people of Northern Ireland who have worked tirelessly to ‘close the door’ on Marie Stopes International and stop their plans to commit illegal abortions. And this is a victory for our unborn children.”

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“This amendment coming from the Northern Ireland Assembly will send out a clear message to Marie Stopes and other private abortionists that they are not welcome in Northern Ireland where unborn children are protected under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act and 1945 Criminal Justice Act.”

“In October Precious Life launched the STOP MARIE STOPES CAMPAIGN when the illegal abortion centre was opened. Since then, people from all traditions in Northern Ireland have maintained a vigil outside the centre each day it is open.”

“We have been running a Postcard Campaign for the public to sign petitions calling on our Assembly Members to do everything within their power to ensure Marie Stopes is prevented from committing criminal offences of abortion in Northern Ireland. We’ve had a tremendous response from people from all across Northern Ireland. Now our politicians have heeded their views and will use the democratic process to ‘Stop Marie Stopes’.”

“In January, following an approach by Precious Life's legal team, Marie Stopes were brought before the Assembly Justice Committee but failed to convince the Committee how they could legally operate an abortion business in Northern Ireland when abortion remains a serious criminal offence.”

Bernadette Smyth concluded, "A society can be judged by how it treats its weakest members and the most vulnerable are unborn children. We commend our politicians who have heeded the views of majority of people in Northern Ireland and brought forward this amendment that will strengthen our laws protecting unborn babies. This will ensure that Northern Ireland as a society will ‘close the door’ on Marie Stopes.”

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