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Sinn Fein rejects Peer's claim it supports all abortion

By Lisa Smyth

Sinn Fein has hit out after the DUP's Lord Morrow said next month's Assembly election was a matter of life or death for unborn children.

Lord Maurice Morrow, a DUP candidate for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, said Sinn Fein was now a pro-abortion party that was trying to bring the "global holocaust" of abortion to Ireland.

He said the 2015 Sinn Fein ard fheis voted to support a referendum on repealing the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution, and the party's support for a referendum was included in its 2016 Dail manifesto.

"This election provides an opportunity for people to vote for candidates that will protect the rights of the unborn child," he said.

"Electors should not be deceived by Sinn Fein's coded messages of seeking equality and equal rights for people whilst they secretly drive forward their liberal social policies and endanger the lives of future unborn children.

"This election is truly a matter of life or death for those with no voice," Lord Morrow added.

Sinn Fein branded the comments the DUP's latest desperate bid to try and steer attention away from its culpability in the fall of Stormont.

"They have tried to make it about the past, about Gerry Adams, about who will be First Minister," a spokesman said.

"This is their latest attempt to misrepresent Sinn Fein's position and distract away from the key issues of financial scandal, integrity in the political institutions and disrespect and arrogance," the spokesman continued.

"Sinn Fein is not in favour of abortion and we opposed and voted against the extension of the 1967 (Abortion) Act to the North when it was proposed in the Assembly.

"The law should be amended to provide the option of termination in cases of rape, sexual crime, fatal foetal abnormalities and where the woman's life is at risk," he added.

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