On one of the coldest nights of January, about 50 people protested in Belfast outside the “Passion for Life” tour organised by Tory MP Ann Widdecombe and other anti-abortion parliamentarians.
There were almost as many on the protest as there were in the meeting and those protesting were considerably younger than the overwhelmingly grey-haired audience.
Protesters included trade unionists, students and long-time pro-choice activists.
The steady stream of politicians going into the meeting were greeted by loud chants of “Our bodies, our lives, our right to decide.” The most popular chant of the evening was, “We’ve got bigots galore, we don’t need any more.”
Despite the driving sleet, the protesters enjoyed showing that it is a myth that “no one in Northern Ireland wants legalised abortion”.