Edwin Poots and his “Pro-Life” campaigner friends make a very big issue of the fact that Northern Ireland has a near-consensus on abortion. Yesterday Sinn Fein – and Anna Lo and a few others – broke ranks to put a stop to an amendment to Northern Ireland’s abortion law that would have stopped private clinics – like Marie Stopes – from carrying out terminations.
That breaking of ranks is to be welcomed. For too long debate on abortion has been stifled by a male-dominated and religiously fundamentalist Assembly.
Life often isn’t fair. Children are often born into homes that are neither caring nor loving. Too many children live awful and unfulfilling lives. Here and elsewhere.
And, unfortunately, many children – as many as 1 in every 5 fetuses – are never born because of miscarriage.
For those that believe in a God he (it’s always a He, ironically) is the biggest abortionist of all. He kills thousands of babies here in Northern Ireland every year. Edwin Poots and his Pro-Life campaigners never protest about that.