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Letter of the day: abortion debate

Although smashing Brexit must be the number one priority for voters in Northern Ireland, I'm glad to see the attempts to form an anti-Brexit pact between the SDLP, Sinn Fein and the Greens fail for the following reasons.

Firstly, the SDLP claims to be a pro-life party, although that is now looking shaky given the suspension of three councillors because they bravely abstained from supporting a Green Party and PUP motion, alleging that women accessing abortion advice clinics are harassed by anti-abortion campaigners.

Also, neither the Greens nor Sinn Fein are pro-life. Both want abortion on demand right up to the time of delivery of our children. The Greens seem to care more about banning fox and badger hunting than banning the same treatment being administered to our unborn children in the womb for profit or convenience.

Both Sinn Fein and the Greens will no doubt tell us over the next few weeks that they care deeply about our disabled people and will invest millions in services to help them, yet they want to kill these very same people in the womb. Again, for all their bleating about how bad Brexit will be, Sinn Fein will refuse to take their Westminster seats to fight it, so what's the use of them in an anti-Brexit pact?

We cannot solve the increasingly evil problems of this world if life is not respected. The vicious culture of death will thrive stronger than ever if we cannot first respect the life of the unborn.

JOHN AUSTIN

Limavady, Co Londonderry

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