The community in Northern Ireland, despite a history of division, and against the face of considerable pressure from powerful political interests, has always been united in opposition to the extension of abortion provision to Northern Ireland.
I was delighted to read of SPUC's success in the high court, Belfast, which will help protect the whole community from the giving, or receiving, of wrongful advice on the matter of abortion, which itself remains illegal in Northern Ireland.
Further details on John Smeaton's blog, linked below.
John Smeaton, director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, reports that:
"The Belfast high court has this morning ruled in favour of SPUC's challenge of government abortion guidance in Northern Ireland.Lord Justice Girvan ruled in favour of SPUC's challenge on two grounds. SPUC argued that because abortion remains illegal in Northern Ireland, it was wrong to expect medical providers to give non-directive counselling to women who might be considering abortion. SPUC also argued that the government's guidance was wrong regarding non-participation in abortion (conscientious objection). The judge ruled in favour of SPUC on these points. The judge awarded costs against the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety."