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    With Northern Ireland Govt in Crisis, UK to Impose Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage

    Not that the people of Northern Ireland want this, but they had no say in the decision.

    From LifeSiteNews

    By Lianne Laurence

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland, July 9, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — British M.P.s passed amendments Tuesday to legalize abortion and homosexual “marriage” in Northern Ireland if the devolved Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont is not restored by October 21.

    The British parliament voted 332-99 on Labour M.P. Stella Creasy’s amendment to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill to legalize abortion in Northern Ireland, the BBC reported.
    British M.P.s also voted 383-73 in favour of an amendment by Labour M.P. Conor McGinn to legalize homosexual “marriage” in the region, according to

    Abortion is allowed in the United Kingdom up to 24 weeks but is illegal in Northern Ireland, allowed “only when the mother’s life is at risk” or if there is risk of “permanent, serious damage to her mental or physical health,” reported the Catholic News Agency.

    Homosexual “marriage” likewise is not recognized in Northern Ireland.

    The British Parliament’s Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill is intended to keep government “ticking over” in Northern Ireland, where the devolved executive has not been functioning since a bitter split in 2017 between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Fin, according to the BBC.

    The bill allows the Northern Ireland Office to defer an election of a new assembly until October, or even January 2020 if necessary. Negotiations between the Northern Ireland’s political parties have been ongoing since May 2019, the BBC reported.

    With M.P.s approving the bill’s amendments Tuesday, the British government is now “obliged” to pass laws legalizing abortion and homosexual “marriage” if the Northern Ireland Office does not call a Stormont election before October 21, reported.

    Both the abortion amendment and the homosexual “marriage” amendment include the condition that if Westminster passes such laws, a future Northern Ireland Assembly could overturn or amend them, according to the BBC.

    Clare McCarthy of Right To Life UK condemned Tuesday’s Westminster vote as “an unconstitutional and disrespectful attempt to override devolution in Northern Ireland and to attempt to impose abortion on demand on the Northern Irish people.”

    “It is totally constitutionally inappropriate to bring forward abortion amendments to a Bill which has nothing to do with abortion in any way, to legislate on such a sensitive matter,” McCarthy said in a press release.

    “The law on this issue should be a decision for the people of Northern Ireland and their elected representatives, not for MPs in Westminster to decide.”
    Meanwhile, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and Bishop Noel Treanor of Down and Connor strongly condemned the abortion amendment last weekend, Catholic News Agency reported.
    They urged Catholics and pro-life citizens to contact members of Parliament to object to the amendments before Tuesday’s vote.

    Martin is “deeply concerned by suggestions that amendments are being considered to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill ... which will hijack this Bill to remove existing legal protection for unborn babies and to ‘fast track’ the legalisation of abortion on demand in Northern Ireland,” he said July 6.

    “How tragic it is for humanity that some legislators would ‘fast track’ the ending of the lives of the most defenceless in our society,” said the archbishop.
    “It is urgent to restore an executive in Northern Ireland, so that the common good of all our people can be served,” added Martin.
    “There is something particularly cynical, however, in taking advantage of the present political crisis to remove the right to life of the most vulnerable of our people; the unborn baby. The common good cannot be served in this way,” he said.

    Bishop Treanor circulated a letter at weekend Masses in his diocese, which includes parishes in Antrim, Down and Derry, asking Catholics to contact their M.P. “to register their objection to this undemocratic process,” the Irish Times reported.

    It is “vital” that Northern Ireland citizens “and especially Christian citizens, take note that the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, now before the Westminster Parliament, is being used to introduce amendments aiming to liberalise provision of abortion in Northern Ireland without the say-so of either the citizens of Northern Ireland or their elected representatives,” the bishop wrote.

    Treanor viewed “with the deepest concern this eleventh hour initiative by some MP’s to table amendments to a Bill, whose primary function is to put in place measures to accommodate the ongoing absence of a Northern Ireland Assembly,” he wrote.

    “The issue of the protection of human life and the redefinition of marriage are not … devolved matters, which should be decided upon by the people of Northern Ireland,” Treanor stated.

    Democratic Unionist Party deputy leader Nigel Dodds denounced the decision by Labour to add amendments to the bill as “deeply unhelpful” to the talks at Stormont, and said it was wrong for M.P.s at Westminster to try to take control of such issues in Northern Ireland, according to the BBC.

    Bishop John Sherrington, auxiliary bishop of Westminster and life issues spokesman for the English and Welsh bishops, also urged Catholics to object to the bill’s amendments, CNA reported.

    “Such a change would leave Northern Ireland with a significantly different abortion framework to the Republic of Ireland, where, following the recent referendum, there is a twelve week limit,” Sherrington stated.

    “It would also leave Northern Ireland, England and Wales with some of the most extreme abortion laws in the world, and more than twice the limit of most European countries,” he said.

    Right to Life UK said if the amendment passed, it “would potentially lead to significant numbers coming across the border for abortions from the Republic of Ireland,” where abortion is generally limited to up to 12 weeks, reported CNA.
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    Anti-abortion campaigners target Catholic services with petition for Theresa May after MPs vote to liberalise laws

    A billboard urging a 'no' vote in the referendum to preserve the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution, a subsection that effectively outlaws abortion in most cases, in Dublin.

    A controversial vote designed to liberalise abortion laws "treats the people of Northern Ireland with contempt" congregations at Northern Ireland Roman Catholic services were warned on Sunday.

    Baroness Nuala O'Loan and Church of Ireland Archbishop Lord Eames were behind the letter which was handed out to churchgoers and was addressed directly to Prime Minister Theresa May.

    MPs have backed plans to bring in same-sex marriage along with changing abortion lawsif the devolved government is not up and running again on October 21.

    It formed part of a Commons debate aimed at keeping Northern Ireland running in the meantime and MPs also tabled a series of amendments, including one on the issue of abortion.

    MPs backed the same-sex marriage amendment by 383 votes to 73, while the abortion amendment was backed 332 to 99.

    But the letter underlines MLAs in Northern Ireland have voted in opposition to a shake-up of the abortion rules back in 2016. "The imposition of this legislation on Northern Ireland in its current form, voted for only by MPs who do not represent constituencies in Northern Ireland, would represent a massive democratic deficit," the letter said.

    "The manner in which there has been an attempt to change abortion law in Northern Ireland this week treats the people of Northern Ireland with contempt."

    "It has the capacity to undermine the delicate political calibration between Northern Ireland and Westminster and to cause significant damage to attempts to restore the Northern Ireland Assembly."

    The letter made clear they felt there was a lack of debate or consultation before the proposed changes were backed. It underlined that Westminister would be "complicit in the constitutional abuses which occurred last week in the House of Commons" if the legislation to change abortion law in Northern Ireland was legislated.

    Baroness O'Loan and Lord Eames called on Mrs May to withdraw the Northern Ireland Bill altogether, which includes abortion and same-sex marriage or add the amendment from Lord Hay of the DUP before it is considered by the Lords this week.

    Baroness O'Loan in a note, which was handed out with the letter, urged people to sign it in their thousands before it was handed to Mrs May on Monday. "I know time is short but abortion will come here if we don't do what we can," the note read.

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    18 Jul 2019.

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