A nurse who has spent most of her career promoting abortion in Northern Ireland has been awarded by King Charles. The recognition is seemingly solely due to her pro-abortion advocacy in a pro-life country. Nicola Bailey was placed on the King’s New Years Honours List, in which she was named one of several Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Additionally, she was named the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Nurse of the Year in 2021. These honors were all solely due to her abortion work.
According to ITV, Bailey was awarded the OBE after her facility, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, began committing chemical abortions within days of the COVID-19 lockdowns. When the pandemic hit and lockdowns were put in place, women weren’t able to travel to England for abortions — so Bailey illegally provided abortions pills, as England hadn’t yet forced legalized abortion upon Northern Ireland.
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Her accolades were further due to “passion for promoting women’s health services” and “bravery in continuing to run them in the face of protests and political opposition to abortion services.” In addition to promoting abortion, she has campaigned — successfully — to have buffer zones placed around abortion facilities to stifle free speech.
“Nicola has demonstrated the greatest of skill, dedication and professionalism in standing up for the needs of her patients,” RCN general secretary and chief executive Pat Cullen said. “She continues to demonstrate the very best of nursing and should be enormously proud to be honoured in this way.”
The Belfast News Letter further reported that a RCN press release specifically named Bailey’s illegal abortions as her reasons for being honored.
“Operating outside formal commissioned services, Ms Bailey’s clinic at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust offered early medical abortions within days of lockdown being imposed, meaning women were no longer able to travel to England,” said the RCN.
“Ms Bailey was named RCN Nurse of the Year in 2021 for her passion for promoting women’s health services, and her bravery in continuing to run them in the face of protests and political opposition to abortion services.”
Pro-life groups, however, condemned the award.
Dawn Mcavoy, co-founder of Both Lives Matter, a pro-life group based in Northern Ireland, argued that work promoting abortion shouldn’t be included as services to health care. “In this moment of intense pressure on the NHS it was encouraging to see many health workers feature in the New Years Honour list,” she said. “However, many people will be surprised and saddened to learn that a local nurse has been made an OBE for her ‘services to healthcare’, which the RCN links to terminations of unwanted unborn human beings in Northern Ireland. The issuing of a Royal award for services including the furthering of abortion, which remains a politically, culturally and morally sensitive and contested issue, sadly to us confirms a commitment to its provision and normalisation at the very heart of the British State.”
Britain forced abortion upon Northern Ireland in 2019, and the number of abortions being committed had skyrocketed by 2021. Yet Britain is still trying to force an even greater expansion of abortion in the previously pro-life country.