Assembly Election

'TUV has relentlessly exposed waste and squander in Stormont' - Jim Allister

Jim Allister pictured during the TUV party conference last year. Picture by Arthur Allison
Jim Allister

DURING the last assembly term TUV proved that we are the party which delivers. 

Ann’s Law was the first victory for innocent victims in years. Thanks to TUV, terrorists are now barred from £90,000 per year special adviser posts.

TUV has relentlessly exposed waste and squander. We have been the voice demanding that voters in Northern Ireland have the same right as electors in the Republic – the right to vote a party out of government and the right to have an opposition.

TUV is the only party in this election which has a clear position on abortion. Unlike the DUP we are not waiting for a 'working party' to report, conveniently, after the election. My party does not believe that the unborn child should be denied his or her fundamental human rights.

Though there is a superficial plausibility within the promotion of abortion in cases of potentially fatal abnormalities, the experience of the 1967 Act in Great Britain is a salutary warning against such glib assurance.

Although the 1967 Act appears to permit abortion only in restricted circumstances, in reality it swung open the door to abortion on demand. Who on reading the supposed restraints of Section 1 of the 1967 Act could imagine that under it over 8,000,000 babies would have been terminated?

It is also important to stress that the current law of Northern Ireland is not an absolute bar to abortion in, for example, a case of severe anencephaly.

As the Bourne test makes clear, and as amplified by Girvan LJ in the 2009 judicial review, lawful termination is possible where there is a real and serious risk to a woman’s physical or mental health, which is either long term or permanent.

Thus, the mother whose mental health is so damaged by carrying a child with fatal foetal abnormality can at present avail of lawful termination within Northern Ireland. In our view this is sufficient.

Similarly we have a clear position in defence of traditional marriage. TUV will oppose any redefinition of marriage, believing that that is the bedrock for the success of society.

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