The ruling by the High Court that Northern Ireland’s ban on abortion breaches human rights is dangerously flawed.
At the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) we are calling on the Attorney General to work with pro-life groups to mount a robust appeal against the judgement.
In his ruling, Judge Mark Horner misrepresented the protection of children before birth in case law and statute law in Northern Ireland. He also confused the separate legal issues of viability and the capacity to be born alive.
Not one universal human rights treaty recognises a right to abortion. However, the right to life is shared by all members of the human family.
The Declaration on the Rights of the Child (DRC) acknowledges that ‘the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth’.
The DRC explicitly states that the need for such special safeguards is ‘recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’.
Liam Gibson, Northern Ireland development officer for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children