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Thousands expected to attend weekend events organised in protest at planned liberalisation of abortion law in Northern Ireland

The scene at St Anne's Cathedral Belfast for the Soul of the Nation prayer gathering on Monday night. Picture by Hugh Russell
Marie Louise McConville

THOUSANDS of people are expected to attend a march in Belfast this weekend in protest at the planned liberalisation of abortion law in Northern Ireland.

Organised by Precious Life, the `March for their Lives', event will take place at Custom House Square on Saturday at 2pm.

The march is taking place two months after Westminster passed a vote in favour of an amendment to the Northern Ireland Executive Formation Bill, which would liberalise abortion legalisation in Northern Ireland.

The bill will take effect after October 21 if the Stormont Executive is not re-instated by then.

On the March for Life Facebook page, organisers have asked people to "Please join us and be a voice for the voiceless...".

"We must do absolutely everything in our power to stop this horrendous and barbaric law coming into force in October".

The march will follow a protest at Stormont on Friday evening in response to the same planned law change.

The `NI Voiceless' gathering has been organised by opponents who want to show their "deep dis-satisfaction with the intended change in the law".

Sarah Crutchley, organiser and spokeswoman of the ‘NI Voiceless' silent protest, said: "This is a pressing time in Northern Ireland, where concerned citizens, like myself, of all ages, religions and political persuasions can come together and express our deep concern and dissatisfaction with the decisions made in Westminster to impose extreme abortion laws in our country. Our silence will speak volumes. We were not asked, and the unborn children have no voice. Together we are NI Voiceless".

The two events will take place just days after large crowds gathered at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on Monday night to attend the `For the Soul of the Nation' event.

The event was endorsed by a number of Christian organisations.

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