Monday 24 April 2017

Abortion Bill goes against wishes of people - Cardinal

CARDINAL Sean Brady has voiced strong opposition to moves by some British MPs to impose abortion legislation on Northern Ireland, contrary to the democratic wishes of both Catholics and Protestants.

In a statement co-signed by four other bishops with dioceses in the North, the Irish Primate appealed to the majority of Westminster MPs not to support a move by Labour backbencher Diane Abbot that would introduce the 1967 UK Abortion Act to Northern Ireland.

The view of the the five senior prelates was published on the eve of today's Pro-Life Rally at Parliament Buildings in Stormont against the Westminster initiative.

"This Bill has far reaching ethical implications," said Cardinal Brady. The Irish bishops' statement also called on MPs to ensure that any future debate on the law was solely the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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