Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD has welcomed a letter by 835 Doctors, Nurses, Midwives and other Health and Social Care workers setting out their objections to the impending imposition of an extreme abortion-on-demand regime in the north.

“The letter by 835 healthcare professionals is a very welcome development in what is truly a difficult time for all of us who are committed to safeguarding the lives of everyone, including the vulnerable preborn human,” the Meath West TD said.

One of the doctors involved, GP Andrew Cupples, said that they were concerned for both pregnant mothers and their unborn children, and, as medical professionals, it was their firmly held belief that abortion was the “unjust and violent taking of human life”.

He told BBC News NI that medics say they can no longer “stay silent” on the issue and that legal protection was essential for staff.

Deputy Tóibín said the pace at which “pro-abortion politicians in Britain and their allies in the north of Ireland, especially Sinn Féin, have moved to ensure that one of the world’s most extreme abortion regimes comes into being” was “astonishing.”

“This is an attack on the universal human right to life”, he said. “Additionally, these actions blatantly disregard the right of people in the north to determine their own laws in an area that was meant to be strictly the preserve of their representatives, not English, Scottish or Welsh politicians.”

“It is encouraging that health professionals in the north are speaking out against the sustained effort to strip the right to life from preborn humans, a section of the human family. People throughout society should take heed of what these doctors, nurses and carers are saying.

“Aontú is calling for people across the north to make it known to their elected representative that they steadfastly oppose the imposition of abortion-on-demand up to the point of viability and the removal of all meaningful protections for preborn humans. We are also asking that people in the north put pressure on politicians to take all possible to ensure that abortion-on-demand is halted before it comes into being on 22nd October. The failure of politicians from establishment parties to do that will tragically result in lost lives.”