As part of Humanists UK, Northern Ireland Humanists has a number of policies and campaigns on human rights and equality, public ethical issues, and achieving a secular state. Some examples include:
Ensuring free, safe, and legal abortions for women in Northern Ireland
We have campaigned for many years support of legal abortion in Northern Ireland, and have briefed MPs and peers ahead of the debates on the Bill. We intervened in numerous legal cases about abortion in Northern Ireland, which laid the groundwork for the legalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland. We now look to ensure abortions are safe, free, and available to all.
Equal access and funding for non-religious pastoral carers
Northern Ireland Humanists has trained a number of non-religious pastoral carers who are ready and willing to volunteer in hospitals and prisons. However, their inclusion in local ‘chaplaincy’ teams is at the discretion of the resident hospital chaplain. We train and accredit humanist pastoral support volunteers to work in hospitals, prisons, and the armed forces. To find out more about this work, visit the Non-Religious Pastoral Care Network.
Campaigning for marriage equality and legal humanist ceremonies
We have campaigned for many years support of same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland, and to ensure humanist marriages are legally recognised. Humanist marriages are now legally recognised in Northern Ireland, representing huge progressive reform, which we hope helps pave the way for further change in Northern Ireland. We are now determined to spread the word about our fantastic ceremonies! If you would like to consider training as an accredited celebrant, details can be found on the Humanist Ceremonies website.
The legalisation of assisted dying
We have long supported attempts to legalise assisted dying, assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia across the UK, for those who have made a clear decision, free from coercion, to end their lives and who are physically unable to do so themselves. In many cases, the person in question will be terminally ill. However, we do not think that there is a strong moral case to limit assistance to terminally ill people alone and we wish to see reform of the law that would be responsive to the needs of other people who are permanently and incurably suffering. Our Take Action Toolkit has advice on how to go about this.