Aontú accuses Sinn Fein of trying to ‘ramp up Northern Ireland abortions’

Sinn Fein has come under fire over abortion from a rival republican party that is against terminations.

Sunday, 14th March 2021, 6:48 pm
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 12:24 am
Sinn Fein's Deirdre Hargey said the party wants women to get the 'compassionate health care they are legally entitled to'

Aontú has accused SF of trying to “ramp up of the number of abortions in the North of Ireland”.

The party’s representative in East Londonderry Gemma Brolly said that it is “heart breaking for many nationalists” that Sinn Fein now opposes the 1916 Easter Proclamation vow to ‘cherish all the children of the nation equally’.

She said: “Sinn Fein talks about disability rights, yet they brought about a bill that allows for abortion up until birth for a child with Down’s syndrome.”

Sign up to our public interest bulletins - get the latest news on the Coronavirus

Sign up to our public interest bulletins - get the latest news on the Coronavirus

Ms Brolly added: “Shockingly there were well over 700 abortions in the North in the last year, yet it seems this is not enough for Sinn Fein.”

Sinn Fein MLA Deirdre Hargey said : “Sinn Fein’s priority is ensuring that women receive the compassionate health care they are legally entitled to.”

She also said that Stormont’s health minister “Robin Swann, supported by the DUP, has failed to commission modern and compassionate healthcare services for women”.

——— ———

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers — and consequently the revenue we receive — we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.

Subscribe to and enjoy unlimited access to the best Northern Ireland and UK news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit now to sign up.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Alistair Bushe