British MPs have no right to dictate to the people of the north on Abortion - Tóibín
Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD has rejected the view of a Westminster Committee of British MPs that devolution should be binned and that Abortion should be forced upon the people of the north by London against their will. “Reversing devolution on such a fundamental right as the right to life is contrary to the logic of devolution. Indeed Aontú believe that we need to devolve far more power from London to Ireland rather than less”.
“The views of the British Committee are at odds with 88% of the submissions that came from the people of the North of Ireland. The people of the North of Ireland should decide for themselves whether or not the human right to life should be for every one or not. In a recent poll 66% of women in the north of Ireland stated that they did not want British MPs in Westminster interfering in abortion law in the north of Ireland".
“This has not happened by accident. Sinn Féin’s leaders recently travelled to London to request that the British Government introduce abortion on demand into the north of Ireland. This is unprecedented in Republican history. For hundreds of years Irish Republicans have been telling Westminster to stop legislating for any part of Ireland. After generations struggling to devolve powers such as this from London to Ireland, Sinn Féin’s leadership have sought to give the democratic power right back to London”.
“The leadership of the SDLP have recently done a volte-face on the issue of abortion also. Whether this was in preparation for their partnership with a pro-abortion Fianna Fáil it’s hard to tell. What is clear, when leaderships of political parties turn on an issue such as this, hungry and ambitious elected representatives follow quickly behind”.
“Aontú is only all Ireland party that supports the Right to Life. We seek the Right to Life of everyone irrespective of age, gender, race, creed, abilities or stage of development. We seek a humane and compassionate response to unwanted pregnancies. Aontú will fight for the economic supports necessary so that all mothers have the confidence to raise their children to their full potential. We will fight to take mothers out of food, housing and healthcare poverty in all cases. We will fight to ensure that all the necessary health services are provided to protect both mother and child”.