About NI Voiceless
NI Voiceless is short for either 'Northern Ireland Voiceless' or 'North of Ireland Voiceless' - whichever you prefer - our focus is on these six counties of Ireland, which have their own local assembly based in Stormont: Antrim, Armagh, Derry/Londonderry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone
Why? Our Vision & Principles
Our vision is to see a truly life-affirming society where every life is valued and no death is chosen.
Three principles underpin this vision:
Recognising life – the life a unique human individual begins at conception.
Valuing life – every human life has equal value and the right to life is inalienable.
Affirming life – every human life should be protected in law and no human death should be chosen.
What? Our Aims
We urge concerned citizens to:
STAND for the value of human life;
SPEAK the truth about human development and abortion;
SERVE women and families in need to help them affirm their own life and that of unborn children.
See our suggestions for how you can do that on our Action page.
Who? Our People
NI Voiceless is:
a network of people from all kinds of backgrounds who care deeply about the value of human life and the importance for human wellbeing of living in a life-affirming society.
a mass movement of ordinary people (although we think every person is pretty extra-ordinary!) – it is not its spokespeople or coordinators, but every person who stands behind its banner.
strictly peaceful – we will never promote, support or endorse any form of attack on or abuse of other individuals or organisations and we aim to avoid any unnecessary offence in our events and messages.
NI Voiceless is not:
religious – we welcome people of all religious convictions and none and do not advance a religious message.
political – we are people of all political persuasions and none and do not campaign directly to politicians.
sectarian – we are pro-life people from every ‘community’ in NI and do not have a view on its constitution.
Our work is coordinated by a small team of NI residents led by Mrs Sarah Coffey (formerly Crutchley) and Dr Paul Coulter and shaped by advice from pro-life organisations active in NI.
How? Our Activities
We do three main things:
GATHERINGS – we organise large events with a simple message under which people of all backgrounds can stand together for life.
VIDEOS – we produce educational videos that present the truth about human development and the reasons why abortion is never the answer to human needs.
SIGNPOSTING – we seek to promote and encourage support for pro-life organisations and, especially, organisations providing support to women in need active in NI.
When? Our Story
NI Voiceless was formed in the summer of 2019 after the UK parliament in Westminster voted to decriminalise abortion in NI and leave unborn children with no protection in law. We were already concerned about this issue and some of us had been involved with existing organisations in various ways, but we felt that it was time to mobilise a mass movement of people. We organised our first event at Stormont for Friday 6th September 2019 and were overwhelmed when an estimated 20,000 people joined us.
Despite this clear statement and evidence that public opinion in NI did not support the proposed change in the law, it came into effect on 22nd October 2019. We agreed with many others that this date deserves to be called NI’s ‘Darkest Day’. That’s not to diminish the horror of some of our past days and the atrocities we have suffered, but we need to recognise that there was a profound shift on this date: the right to life of the most vulnerable living human individuals was overridden; the lives of those unborn children were robbed of any value in law; and healthcare was redefined to include killing. As a result we decided we could not stop standing for life, so we planned our second event for Saturday 30th November 2019. We were joined again by thousands of people who wanted to affirm the value of life for every human indivdidual.
No NI elected politician voted for the change in the law, the NI Assembly had voted against legalising abortion in 2016, public opinion in NI is clearly opposed to abortion on request, thousands of people gathered to protest the changes in the law, and in the UK government's consultation 79% of respondents opposed changing the law, the government went ahead in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and introduced extreme abortion laws. They took effect on 31 March 2020, although it will be some time before abortion clinics are set up in NI.
We don’t know how long NI Voiceless will exist for, but we know as individuals that as long as we live we must stand, speak and serve for a life-affirming society. It doesn’t matter what banner we do that under or who fronts that up – this isn’t about personalities or a name – but it does matter that the truth is heard. We won't stop standing, speaking and serving for a life-affirming society. That's why we have decided to organise a silent gathering at Stormont (or online if that is not possible) each March on a Saturday close to the anniversary of the abortion regime coming in to Northern Ireland. Find details of our next gathering here.