New abortion law in Northern Ireland reflects alarm about Marie Stopes, says SPUC

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Belfast, 27 February 2013: The UK’s leading pro-life organisation has  said that new legislation on abortion introduced to the Northern Ireland  Assembly is a response to the level of public concern aroused by the  arrival in Northern Ireland of Marie Stopes International (MSI).

Liam Gibson, the development officer for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) in Northern Ireland, believes that the opening of the MSI abortion  facility in Belfast in October last year left the Assembly with no  choice but to address the threat posed by abortion businesses determined  to defy the existing law.
Mr Gibson said: “MSI has long campaigned to make the Abortion Act in Britain even more liberal and then have the amended Act extended to Northern Ireland.

“There are also serious safety concerns regarding MSI. The drugs used  to procure medical abortions are extremely dangerous and are known to  have caused the deaths of 15 women worldwide, including Manon Jones, an  18 year-old from Bristol and Jesse-Maye Barlow, a 19 year-old from  Staines.

Mr Gibson continued: “When questioned before the Assembly’s Justice  Committee in January, representatives from MSI said that there was  nothing to stop them from aborting babies at 18 weeks, 24 weeks or even  older. They also admitted that the location of the centre, close to the  Europa bus and train station, was chosen to facilitate clients  travelling from the Republic to have abortions in Northern Ireland.

“At the same time they made it clear that MSI simply would not tolerate  any official oversight of its activities by the government authorities  in Northern Ireland. That is a position which the Assembly can’t allow  to continue and made the introduction of new legislation inevitable”,  concluded Mr Gibson.

Liam Gibson, SPUC’s Northern Ireland development officer, can be contacted on:

SPUC’s London HQ can be contacted on 020 7091 7091.

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