In July, Westminster voted to change the law on abortion in Northern Ireland from 22nd October if the Northern Ireland Executive is not formed before then. NI’s law on abortion currently allows for abortion in cases where there is a threat to the life of the mother or when there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to the mothers mental or physical health. No consultation on the amendment was made with people who actually live in NI and only very limited scrutiny of the proposal took place at Westminster.
What this means.
If the NI Executive is not reformed by October 21st:
Abortion on request will be legalised for any reason, potentially to 28 weeks, 7 months of pregnancy, depending on legal interpretation.
This will mean that abortion on the grounds of disability and sex-selection will become legal for the first time in Northern Ireland.
For five months, from October 22 until March 21, there will be no restriction on where an abortion can take place; no explicit legal protection for medical professionals who conscientiously object to abortion; no requirement to notify an abortion has taken place; and no regulatory body in place to inspect any abortion clinics which would then open in Northern Ireland.
Can this be stopped?
YES. The only way to prevent this new regime coming into force is the restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive by 21st October 2019.
What can you do?
NI Voiceless Protest.
NI Voiceless Protest. On 6th September a silent protest walk is being held at Stormont, beginning at 7.00pm. Though not organised by CARE, we are fully behind this and we will be there and are asking you to please join with us. More info Click Here.
Soul of the Nation Prayer Event.
On the 2nd September, a prayer event is being held at St Anne’s Cathedral at 8.00pm. Christians from right across Northern Ireland are invited to pray for Northern Ireland at this difficult time. You can find more information about this event Here.
Contact your MLA and party leaders.
If you haven’t done so, please take a couple of minutes to contact your MLAs. So far thousands of people across Northern Ireland have contacted their MLAs. Helpful link HERE.
Meet your MLAs
Another very effective way you can bring this issue to the attention of our MLAs, is to meet your MLA at their constituency office. If you don’t know who your MLAs are, you can find out at www.writetothem.com.
Fast and pray.
Starting Monday 19th August, we at CARE are encouraging many of our friends and supporters to join us in 40 days of prayer and fasting. We are recommending a version of the a Daniel fast (see Daniel 10:2-3) where he chose amongst other things not to eat “choice food”.
Now is the time to ACT.
Now is the time to STAND UP.
It’s time to SPEAK OUT.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…” Proverbs 31:8
Surely the unborn, who cannot speak for themselves need us to speak out on their behalf.
Who We Are
CARE is a Christian charity seeking to uphold human dignity and to support the most vulnerable people in society. CARE stands for biblical truth on matters relating to the intrinsic value of human life, protection of families and freedom to live out our faith. We work in all UK Parliaments and Assemblies and throughout the UK with Churches and individuals to promote Christian community-based initiatives.
Our Vision is to see a society that has a greater regard for human dignity and increasingly reflects God’s grace and truth through public policy, media and local practical involvement with vulnerable people.
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