Unionist's don't want British law in Ireland

I was delighted to see that the leaders of Sinn Féin, DUP, UUP and SDLP have written to Westminster MP's to state their opposition to plans to extend the 1967 Abortion Act to the 6 counties.

The Liberal Democrats have proposed an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in order to have the Abortion Act extended to Irish soil.

It is the first time all four parties have taken a united stand on a major issue.

Jeffrey Donaldson, chairman of the assembly's pro-life group, said:

"The pro-life group in the assembly thought it would be useful for the four leaders to write to each MP re-stating that position. I think it's a very powerful message we have here, four political leaders coming from very diverse political perspectives but united in their view that we do not want the 1967 Act, with all its implications, imposed on Northern Ireland and that the issue of abortion is a matter that should be left to the assembly itself"

For me this demonstrates two vital things

The sooner Policing and Justice powers are devolved the better and Unionism is only concerned about being British when it suits them.

As a vocal pro-life supporter I am glad to see this stance being adopted by the Irish political parties, no matter how hypocritical some of these parties are!

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