The Northern Ireland Assembly has just voted against the imposition of an abortion expansion imposed a year ago by the British parliament. But this motion adopted by the Irish deputies is not binding and therefore should not call into question the possibility of a woman having an abortion until the end of her pregnancy in the event of a fetal abnormality.
A strong signal has just been sent by Northern Ireland to the Westminster Parliament. The Ulster Assembly responded positively on June 2, 2020, to the request of Heidi Crowter, a young woman with Down’s syndrome, who defends the rights of children with disabilities on the Isle of Saints.
The members of the Assembly adopted, by 46 votes to 40, a motion of no confidence to reject “the imposition of abortion legislation which extends to all non-fatal disabilities, including Down’s syndrome.”
A sad reality, Unionist MPs—many Protestants—are opposed to Sinn Fein, the pro-independence party supposed to bring many Catholics into it, which, in contrast, supported the culture of death imposed by Westminster.
The case dates back to July 2019, when the UK parliament passed a “law for Northern Ireland,” including provisions expanding abortion and legalizing same-sex marriage. The law came into force the following October 22, as the Northern Ireland Assembly, which had been suspended for two years due to a dispute between the two main ruling parties, was unable to meet .
The law imposed on Belfast by London, now authorizes the voluntary termination of pregnancy without time limit, in case of fetal anomaly.
The day before the Northern Ireland Assembly vote, the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland urged members to reject the new abortion regulations, which they said were imposed “without the consent of the people of North Ireland.”
Right to Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said on June 2: “Tonight’s vote has made it clear that the UK Government must urgently hand back this devolved matter to the elected representatives of the people of Northern Ireland at the Assembly…The UK Government and Westminster now have absolutely no mandate whatsoever to impose these extreme regulations on Northern Ireland.”