Abortion Campaigners Turn Sights on N. Ireland
No sooner were the votes counted in the Irish abortion referendum, than pro-abortion campaigners turned their attention to their next target - Northern Ireland. At Dublin Castle, as the results were being announced, Sinn Féin’s leader Mary-Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill held up a sign saying, “The North is next”.
The leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, Arlene Foster, said that, “Friday’s referendum has no impact upon the law in Northern Ireland, but we obviously take note of issues impacting upon our nearest neighbour. The legislation governing abortion is a devolved matter and it is for the Northern Ireland Assembly to debate and decide such issues.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May shares the view that Northern Ireland’s abortion law is a matter for politicians there, but she is coming under pressure from elements within her own Conservative party to impose a permissive abortion law on the province.
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