“It is a testimony to the pro-life tradition of the Province that so many have taken to the streets.”
The pro-life people of Northern Ireland assembled in great numbers over the weekend to protest the imposition of abortion on the Province. Tens of thousands gathered at key venues over two days in a powerful witness to life.
On 9 July, MPs passed the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Act. This act would require the Government to make provision for abortion access if the Stormont executive does not reassemble before 21 October. Regulations for abortion would need to in place by March 2020. No Northern Irish MPs voted in favour of this change.
On Friday 6 September, thousands met at the gates of Stormont and walked to the Assembly buildings. Once there, they stood in silence holding lights for six minutes, representing the six counties of Northern Ireland. DUP leader Arlene Foster joined the demonstration, organised by a group called NI Voiceless. In their official comment on the demonstration, the organisers write:
‘On Friday 6th September 2019, around 20,000 people of diverse ages, ethnicities and religious and political persuasions from across Northern Ireland stood together in silence at Stormont to declare two things in response…
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