Wednesday 25 May 2011

Fewer Northern Irish women are travelling to England for abortions

One of the less reported aspects of the 2010 abortion statistics (England and Wales) released yesterday is the fall in the number of women from Northern Ireland having abortions in England and Wales. In 2010 there were 1,101 such abortions, down from 1,577 10 years ago. Liam Gibson, SPUC Northern Ireland's development officer, told me:
"SPUC has invested considerable effort and resources in Northern Ireland over decades. That lives of babies have been saved is a not just a tribute to all SPUC staff but to SPUC's supporters. Their commitment can does save lives. The people of Northern Ireland are grateful for their support."
Statistically an unborn baby in Northern Ireland is safer than anywhere else in the UK. The success of the pro-life movement in preventing the extension of the mainland's Abortion Act 1967 to Northern Ireland  has meant that the law in the Province still safeguards the lives of unborn children as well as protecting women from the terrible damage which abortion can cause. SPUC has been particularly successful in challenging departmental guidance which seriously misrepresented the law on abortion. As a direct result of SPUC's latest legal challenge, the government has now withdrawn that guidance and must produce a new, legally accurate version.

Peaceful, prayerful, well-informed and uncompromisingly pro-life resistance will overcome the culture of death.

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