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Pro-life campaigners vow to continue to lobby for `genuine choice' following Amnesty International abortion reform advert

Dawn McAvoy, co-founder of pro-life campaign group, Both Lives Matter, has vowed to continue to `lobby the government for genuine choice'
Marie Louise McConville

An pro-life campaign group has vowed to continue to "lobby the government for genuine choice" after an Amnesty International advertisement which presents 'the facts' on abortion reform, appeared in newspapers in Northern Ireland this week.

The advert, which explains how the law has changed in the north this week, has appeared in a number of publications, including The Irish News today.

On Tuesday, the procedure was decriminalised for the first time in the north following legislation introduced at Westminster.

The change means that women who seek abortions and medical staff who help them can no longer be prosecuted.

Women who have been given a serious or fatal foetal diagnosis can now also ask to terminate their pregnancies, although this is expected to be decided on a case by case basis.

However, wider abortion services will not be available until the completion of a public consultation.

Dawn McAvoy, co-founder of pro-life group, Both Lives Matter, said it was the job of the British government, not Amnesty International, "to inform the Northern Ireland public in this interim period and beyond, about this abortion regime.

"The pro-abortion group can not be presented as neutral purveyors of facts about abortion," she said.

Ms McAvoy said from a "public perspective, we remain concerned because both lives will always matter" and vowed to "continue to lobby the government for genuine choice".

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