The Humanity and Equality in Abortion Reform (HEAR) campaign is welcoming the news today that, according to a ruling of the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), the estimate by the Northern Irish Both Lives Matter (BLM) campaign that 100,000 people are alive today due to the right-to-life protections that exist in NI law.

Earlier this year, BLM paid for two bill-boards (see picture above), which claimed, “100,000 People Are Alive Today Because Of Our Laws On Abortion. Why change that?” As HEAR noted at the time, this was based on a report produced by the group, which statistically estimated that 102,449 abortions did not take place in the province due to the law there, using a comparison with the more culturally-similar model of Scotland.

There were 14 complaints to the ASA against these bill-boards, on the purported grounds that the claim being made was misleading and unsubstantiated. Following a thorough investigation however, and seeking expert statistical advice, the ASA released a judgement today stating that:

On balance, we concluded that the evidence indicated that there was a reasonable probability that around 100,000 people were alive in Northern Ireland today who would have otherwise been aborted had it been legal to do so.

This confirms that the BLM report was correct, and demonstrates that the more restrictive Northern Irish laws have saved over 100,000 members of their community. This is wonderful news, and worthy of celebration.

HEAR spokesperson Sue Richardson, said:

We are delighted by this news from Northern Ireland and congratulate the Northern Irish people for having laws that so respect and protect human dignity and the right to life.

This estimate by the Both Lives Matter campaign, now confirmed as scientifically accurate, conclusively refutes the myth that has been bandied about particularly over the last few months that “restricting access to abortion does not reduce abortion”. Demonstrably, the evidence shows that it does, and we should now wonder how many members of the Manx community are alive today because we did not go down the dark road that Britain went down in the 60s.

The failed British Abortion Act 1967 denies the humanity and equality of unborn children, and their right to life, has led to de facto abortion on demand, and has enabled countless abuses that have been noted before by HEAR. In marked contrast to this, the Northern Irish law, like our own laws on the Isle of Man, have protected thousands of members of their community.

This all goes to show that our laws are relatively more humane as they are, though they could be made more so by stronger right-to-life protections for the unborn. Let’s celebrate this fact, and work to better express humanity and equality in our abortion laws”.

ENDS

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