Adopted by the British Parliament in July 2019 due to a political power vacuum in Northern Ireland, the legalization of abortion and same-sex civil unions entered into force on Monday October 22, 2019 at midnight, notwithstanding the accusations of denial of democracy.
Due to a political imbroglio, the deputies of Northern Ireland have not sat in session at Stormont Palace since January 2017. At issue is a disagreement within the ruling coalition amid a political scandal related to renewable energy.
In view of the absence of political institutions, it is to Westminster, “the mother of all parliaments,” that the responsibility returns to run the day-to-day business of Northern Ireland. Also, last July, the British Parliament took the opportunity to pass several amendments to extend the right to abortion and homosexual marriage in Northern Ireland, if no local government was formed by Monday, October 21, 2019.
The Northern Irish deputies opposed to these legalizations symbolically gathered in the afternoon of October 21st. But without the support of several parties, a Prime Minister and a Deputy Prime Minister could not be elected, so the law passed in London had no chance of being blocked.
“It’s a very sad day,” Arlene Foster, former Northern Ireland Prime Minister, told reporters after the parliamentary session. “I know some people will want to party today and I say to them, think of those who believe it is an affront to human dignity and human life,” she added.
Without really believing it, demonstrators defending life, the natural order, and the family, had all gathered at the edge of Stormont Palace, carrying placards on which said: “abortion, not in our name.” They should indeed feel doubly betrayed: first by the English parliament, who took advantage of a legal provision intended to cover daily affairs to introduce a major change in Northern Ireland’s legislation; then afterwards betrayed by the Northern Irish politicians, who did not know, or not want, to silence their dissensions, at least for a time, in the face of such a threat to human life and natural morality.