Pro-Choice Campaigners Test Law In Northern Ireland By Swallowing Abortion Pills

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May 31, 2018 (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) - Amid the pressure being piled on the Prime Minister to bypass devolution and impose abortion on Northern Ireland, some activists are engaging in unsafe stunts to make their case for changing the law in the province.

The pills were delivered to the campaigners outside Belfast Crown Court by an "abortion robot" operated from within the Netherlands.

Officers also attempted to remove one woman who openly took a tablet in front of the High Court building.

The appeal judges said the law in Northern Ireland should be left to the Stormont Assembly and not judges, saying that the complex moral and religious questions behind the issue should be determined by a legislature rather than a court.

"The fact that abortion is not allowed here in Northern Ireland is violating women's rights".

"It's important that we've to act with haste but not so much haste that we put through bad legislation", he said.

The devolved Northern Ireland Assembly voted in February 2016 against legalising abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape or incest, and anyone who unlawfully carries out an abortion could be jailed for life.

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She said the PSNI was under enormous pressure and was aware of the worldwide pressure inspired by the repeal movement.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has since come under pressure to back fresh legislation on the strict abortion laws in the province.

"Where Westminster has had votes in relation to this in the past there has been a free vote, but I'm not going to comment on hypothetical amendments", he said.

The earlier event at the courts in Belfast saw Ms Crossey Malone and two other activists gather in a circle while others dressed as handmaids, in reference to the Margaret Atwood novel The Handmaid's Tale about women's rights being stripped away, stood behind them.

In contrast, a report from the collaborative campaign "Both Lives Matter" revealed that approximately 100,000 people are alive here today because Northern Ireland did not enact the 1967 Abortion Act.

"I would hope that we can publish a bill, a law, in the coming weeks and if at all possible commence debate here in the coming weeks".

Ms Crossey Malone added: "Women every day in Northern Ireland are using these pills - as long as we don't talk about it, as long as we act like it is a secret, politicians are not under pressure to legislate on this".

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