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PRESS RELEASE – Both Lives Matter welcomes statements on abortion from candidates for Prime Minister

Both Lives Matter welcomes the statements made today in Northern Ireland by the two candidates for Prime Minister. Boris Johnston and Jeremy Hunt both confirmed that they would not impose abortion law change on Northern Ireland from Westminster, indicating that it is for the people of Northern Ireland to decide upon this devolved issue.

Dawn McAvoy co-founder of the Both Lives Matters campaign, who support both women and unborn children in Northern Ireland, commented,

“The statements made today from the candidates for prime minister reflect the sentiment among MPs in the Conservative Party and the public in Northern Ireland on the issue. Previous polling from ComRes last year showed that 72%* of Conservative Party MPs did not support the imposition of abortion laws on Northern Ireland from Westminster. Even more importantly another ComRes poll from last year showed that two-thirds of women (and 70% of 18-34 year olds) in Northern Ireland don’t want abortion laws imposed by Westminster.”

“Our distinctive law in Northern Ireland strikes a difficult and delicate balance which means that over 100,000*** people are alive in Northern Ireland today because politicians here did not implement the 1967 Abortion Act.”

“For the last few years there has been a strong push from a small number of abortion advocates to change the law to allow more abortion in Northern Ireland. They are clearly out of step. We welcome today’s news and will continue to pursue the very simple and human vision that both lives matter alongside our efforts to secure even more valuable services which allow both lives to flourish in a pregnancy crisis. .”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

* https://bothlivesmatter.org/72-of-conservative-mps-reject-undermining-of-devolution-to-impose-abortion-on-northern-ireland
** https://bothlivesmatter.org/66-of-women-in-northern-ireland-do-not-want-abortion-laws-imposed-by-westminster

*** As a result of Northern Ireland’s unique law and culture, it is estimated, using robust statistical methods, that over 100,000 people are alive today in Northern Ireland because it did not enact the 1967 Abortion Act.

https://bothlivesmatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Both-Lives-Matter-report-January-2017-Web.pd
This is equal to
5% of the total population of Northern Ireland. One in ten people under 50 is alive because of Northern Ireland’s distinctive laws. This equates to 100 classrooms every year (based on an average classroom of 25 children)
This claim has been robustly investigated over a 5 month period by the Advertising Standard Authority (ASA) and upheld.
https://bothlivesmatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/BLM-STEP-BY-STEP-EXPLANATION-002.pdf
The ASA found: “on balance we concluded that the evidence indicated that there was a reasonable probability that around 100,000 people were alive in Northern Ireland today who would have otherwise been aborted had it been legal to do so.”
The 100,000 research generated a significant amount of press coverage. It was the lead story on BBC Northern Ireland for part of 2 August 2017. It won the Northern Ireland Public Affairs Campaign of the Year for 2017, awarded by the Public Relations and Communications Association in WestminsterBoth Lives Matter reports that both candidates for Prime Minister have said they would leave the issue of abortion up to the people of Northern Ireland were they to get elected. This is good news! #chooselife #prolife #loveboth #bothlivesmatter

Author: https://facebook.com/224615650378 – Pro Life Campaign Ireland


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