The pro-choice campaign group Alliance for Choice have launched their #trustwomen campaign to ensure the abortion debate remains high on the political agenda for the forthcoming Assembly elections in May.
The social media campaign will lobby for MLAs to: trust women to make decisions about their own lives; ask for legal change to allow greater abortion access; and push for a free vote on any progressive change.
Speaking at the launch, chairperson Kellie O’Dowd said: “We are asking our current and potential MLAs to trust women. As a campaigning organisation we think it is important that current and future politicians are aware of how the current law impacts on women.
“During the campaign we will be sharing the real life stories of women who have been affected by the current law and we will be asking our politicians to support progressive legislative change and a free vote should legislation come to the floor of the Assembly”.
Vice chairperson Emma Campbell commented: “Our campaign has a simple message with a simple answer to the question, Do you #trustwomen? We are hoping to gain public support from the trade union movement, the women’s sector in the community and the public who do trust women.
“Our website is easily accessible and offers a range of ways people can get involved from e-mailing their MLA to running information sessions in the community, or visiting our stall on Saturdays in Belfast’s Cornmarket from 2-4pm.”
Late last month the High Court in Belfast ruled that the current legislation in Northern Ireland is in contravention of the European Convention on Human Rights. Consequently, for the first time, abortion is legal in Northern Ireland in cases of rape, incest and fatal (or severe) foetal abnormalities.