Northern Ireland: Precious Life petition misleading, if not dishonest – Bradshaw

December 15, 2016

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said the petition presented to the Assembly on behalf of Precious Life was misleading, and potentially dishonest.

Paula Bradshaw said: "On 28 November, Jim Wells made a great fuss of presenting to the Speaker of the Assembly what he described as 'the largest ever petition received by the Northern Ireland Assembly' when he delivered what he said were 57 boxes containing 300,000 signatures calling for the protection of the unborn child.

"I have since been told by the Justice Minister that she received 47 boxes of material containing nine separate campaigns dating from 2001 to 2014. These campaigns included opposition to plans by a 'group of pro-abortion MPs' to change the law on abortion.

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Source: Alliance Party