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N. Ireland pro-life leader’s ‘troubling’ conviction was politically motivated: supporters

Posted by Joseph on 4 December, 2014

Irish pro-life leaders have expressed disappointment but not surprise in reacting to the ruling last month against Bernadette Smyth, a prominent opponent of Marie Stopes’ illegal abortion facility in Belfast. Smyth, head of Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group, Precious Life, was accused of “harassment” by abortion campaigner Dawn Purvis who made a complaint to police and told the court that she was fearful in the face of organized opposition to the facility’s ongoing activity.

Smyth’s legal counsel has said she will appeal the conviction, adding that the accusation was clearly politically motivated.

Niamh Uí Bhriain, the head of Dublin-based Life Institute, told LifeSiteNews that the legal attack on Bernadette Smyth came at precisely the moment when she was publicly leading “a huge campaign” to oppose the liberalization of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws.



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