Press release: Over 60,000 sign Aontú petition asking Sinn Féin to restore executive to stop extreme abortion law change
Over 60,000 people have signed a petition calling on Michelle O’Neill and Sinn Féin to ensure that the executive is formed to ensure that Europe’s most extreme abortion law is not imposed on the north of Ireland.
The petition is part of a wider campaign by Aontú to encourage Sinn Fein and the DUP to restore the north of Ireland Executive by Tuesday, October 22.
The Vote for Both Lives: Move your vote to Aontú campaign has also highlighted how extreme the proposed abortion regime in the north of Ireland will be.
Aontú has been running public meetings and postering in a number of key constituencies across the North and is due to announce candidates for the upcoming Westminster election shortly.
Peadar Tóibiín TD stated:
“Sinn Féin lobbied for Westminster to ride roughshod over the people of the north of Ireland and impose an abortion regime in the north of Ireland that will allow for the ending of human lives in an unprecedented way.
“We know that abortion targets the most voiceless and vulnerable section of the human family. Abortion additionally targets particularly vulnerable groups of people, such as ethnic minorities, baby girls, the poor and those with disabilities. This is borne out by international statistics.
“Rather than tackling structural problems in our society, particularly those problems disproportionately faced by women, such as poverty and job insecurity, abortion provides an escape mechanism for the establishment so that they do not have to address pressing issues. Poverty and issues of resources should be confronted. Nullifying the right to life is an extremely regressive step that does nothing to alleviate the structural problems faced in society.
“Sinn Féin’s role in seeking British abortion laws for the north of Ireland has been jaw-dropping for all who have the pursuit of Irish Self-Determination at heart. For 200 years Irish republicans have told London that they have no business legislating for Ireland. In an extreme change of direction Mary Lou and Michelle O’Neill went to London and demanded that Westminister impose this abortion legislation on the people of the north of Ireland. Like Official Sinn Féin/The Workers’ Party before them, Sinn Féin have sold out on the most important pillar of Irish Republicanism, Irish Self-Determination.
“We are calling for Sinn Féin at this late hour to do the right thing and act to stop the imposition of British abortion laws in Ireland. If they don’t they will be directly responsible for the regime that follows.”
The petition can be signed here: https://citizengo.org/en-gb/node/174168