Restrictions on protests against abortion could be introduced in Northern Ireland

A letter from Dr JT Hardy:

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 6:45 am
Letter to the editor

The evangelical organisation Christian Concern have posted a video which shows English police arresting a pro-life protester in a wheelchair near an abortion clinic.

Will our local politicians try restricting the right to pray or protest by Belfast abortion clinics? The Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform NI (CBRNI) and Precious Life have every right to draw attention to the killing of the unborn.

Should praying the Lord’s Prayer near an abortion clinic really be made a criminal offence? In an age of widespread social media use, clearing away the ugly evidence of how awful abortion is may be almost impossible, with the humanity of the unborn clearly evident on science websites like The-Endowment-for-Human-Development.

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Arlene Foster and DUP colleagues deserve the highest praise for their brave pro-life stance, because civil and religious liberty is forever important.

However, when it comes to banning pro-life vigils or demonstrations close to abortion centres, have some DUP councillors in Newry recently come down on the wrong side of this debate? (‘DUP councillors back government curbs on anti-abortion protests,’ May 6, see link below)

George Orwell (1903-1950) said: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people things they do not want to hear.”

Dr JT Hardy, Belfast BT5

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