Both Lives Matter to counter Amnesty’s publicity stunt

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Amnesty International, are staging another publicity stunt calling for more abortion in Northern Ireland. Both Lives Matter, a group representing mothers and unborn children, have organised a demonstration at Westminster to show that 100,000 people are alive today because of Northern Ireland’s pro-both laws.

Today 10 women each holding a box containing 10,000 names will lead a march to Parliament to symbolise and highlight the 100,000 people who are alive today because of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws.

There will then be a photo opportunity outside the Northern Ireland office with the 10 women holding the boxes totalling 100,000 names. They will be demanding that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland continues to ensure Westminster respects devolution and does not impose an extreme abortion law on Northern Ireland. They will be joined by a larger group of women who will be holding a large banner and placards which say “100,000 people are alive today because of NI’s abortion laws’ and “Both Lives Matter”.


“Amnesty, whose leadership have offered to resign following a recent internal report which found significant incidences of bullying, sexism and public humiliation, need to get their own house in order. Instead they are organising another publicity stunt that ignores the approximately 38 babies born every week in NI directly because of our pro-both laws. While English MPs and comedy actresses are entitled to their views, this is a matter for the people of Northern Ireland. Two thirds of women (and 70% of 18-34 year olds) in NI want legislative decisions on our abortion law to be made by our democratically elected politicians in the Northern Ireland Assembly.”

In response to calls for complete decriminalisation, Both Lives Matter has stressed the importance of a legal “backstop” when it comes to abortion.

“The criminal law is important when it comes to abortion – and we all know why we need criminal law in a wide variety of areas of life for the good of society. No-one wants to use it, but we need to have it. Without it, the unborn would have no protection at all. That would mean a hawk’s egg would have more protection than an unborn baby.”

It is outrageous that Amnesty continue to demand the right to end another human life. Their campaign is out of step with the vast majority of the British public, who would rather see increased restrictions on abortion and more protections and support for women.

Amnesty are using the most tragic and rare cases of a fatal foetal abnormality, to bring abortion to Northern Ireland. They know well that less than 2% of all abortions in England & Wales are for a foetal medical diagnosis. They are also using Northern Ireland to push for decriminalisation across the UK.

Dawn McAvoy continued,

“The people of Northern Ireland are painfully aware that there has been no sitting Executive for over two years. Both Lives Matter are calling for Stormont to provide better care services to enable and support women facing crisis pregnancy. We are meeting MLAs locally on this matter and continue to be the voice that seeks to create a culture that values every woman and her unborn child.”

“Of course comedy actresses from the Republic of Ireland will garner some publicity, but it’s time to invest in services not stunts. Lives are at stake, 100,000 of them. It’s time to honour both lives in every pregnancy.”