Although smashing Brexit must be the number one priority for voters in Northern Ireland, I’m glad to see the attempts to form an anti-Brexit pact between the SDLP, Sinn Fein and the Greens fail for the following reasons.
Firstly, the SDLP claims to be a pro-life party, although that is now looking shaky, given the permanent suspension of three SDLP Belfast councillors because they bravely abstained from supporting a Green and PUP motion alleging that women accessing abortion advice clinics in Belfast are harassed by anti-abortion campaigners.
Also, neither the Greens nor Sinn Fein are pro-life. Both want abortion on demand right up to the time of delivery of our children. From their most recent manifestos, the Greens seem to care more about banning fox and badger hunting (very laudable in my view) where innocent animals are torn apart by dogs for pleasure, than they do about banning the same treatment being administered to our unborn children in the womb for profit or convenience.
Both Sinn Fein and the Greens will no doubt tell us over the next few weeks that they care deeply about our disabled people, both adults and children, and will invest millions in services to help them, but yet they want to kill these very same people in the womb.
Again, for all their bleating about how bad Brexit will be, Sinn Fein will refuse to take their Westminster seats to fight it, so what’s the use of them in an anti-Brexit pact?
We cannot solve the increasingly evil problems of this world if life – born and unborn – is not respected.
The vicious culture of death we see every day on the news and in the papers will thrive stronger than ever if we cannot firstly respect the life of the unborn.
John Austin, Limavady