In a statement issued on Tuesday 17 December 2019 the bishops state that all Christians and people of good will are obliged in conscience not to cooperate formally in abortion services, “even if permitted by civil legislation”.
Precious Life insists “compelling body of evidence and lived experiences” on pro life side were not included in UK Women and Equalities Committee report on abortion in Northern Ireland released yesterday.
“Suicide touches everybody regardless of whether you have faith or not. It is no respecter of age, gender, background, class or religious denomination,” said Fr Deery.
In 2016 3,265 women travelled from Ireland to England to have an abortion, down from 3,451 in 2015 and 3,735 in 2014. This represents a continual decline in the numbers since 2001, when the number of Irish abortions was 6,673.
Bernadette Smyth, director of Precious Life, says Amnesty is “claiming to be a ‘human rights group’ while campaigning for the legalised destruction of unborn children.”
Attempt to extend abortion law to allow for abortion in the cases of life limiting illnesses and in pregnancies resulting from rape or incest defeated in Stormont Assembly.
Amendment to the Justice Bill that would permit the direct and intentional killing of unborn children with life limiting conditions, up to the moment of birth.
Pro-life group appeals to the public to lobby MLAs as motions due to be debated on 9 February in the Assembly on abortion for life limiting conditions and rape.
Northern bishops highlight how motion was "completely silent" on the "vital issue" of respect for individual religious conscience and protections for Churches.
"Make Friday 1 May a red letter day for unborn children by approaching candidates to ask them: ‘If elected, will you defend the right to life of all unborn children?’"