Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dec 9, 2021 / 05:30 am
A pro-life group accused Northern Ireland’s human rights commissioner on Wednesday of using “weasel words” in support of an abortion buffer zone bill.
Precious Life called on Dec. 8 for Alyson Kilpatrick, chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, to resign after her comments to the health committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Kilpatrick told the committee on Dec. 7 that the commission supported the Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill, which would make it a criminal offense for pro-lifers to engage in “influencing” women inside “safe access zones” around premises offering abortions.
She argued that the private members’ bill “doesn’t prevent anyone from protesting about anything and it certainly doesn’t prevent anyone from protesting or complaining about their opposition to abortion,” according to the Belfast Telegraph.