Pro-Life Victory in Northern Ireland

Bernie Smyth outside High Court

Precious Life’s Bernie Smyth being interviewed outside the High Court building in Belfast

Pro-lifers in Northern Ireland are celebrating a great pro-life court victory. On Monday, July 7, a judge rejected a court challenge of Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion law.

As reported in the December 2002 Action News, abortion advocates in Northern Ireland have been attempting to subvert the will of the pro-life majority by forcing abortion into their country through the courts — as happened in the U.S. in 1973 with Roe v. Wade.

“We are now calling for unborn babies and their mothers in other parts of the UK to have the same protection from abortion as those in Northern Ireland.”

Early last year, the Family Planning Association (FPA) called for a judicial review of Northern Ireland’s anti-abortion law. They were challenged by the pro-life group Precious Life in a two-day court hearing in March 2002. Sixteen months later, High Court Justice Brian Kerr finally came down with his decision, upholding the law that has kept abortion out of Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the significance of the decision, Precious Life President Bernadette Smyth said, “The FPA was calling for women in Northern Ireland to have the same access to abortion as women in other parts of the UK. We are now calling for unborn babies and their mothers in other parts of the UK to have the same protection from abortion as those in Northern Ireland.”

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