Published Friday, 01 March 2013
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They came together to highlight their belief that the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act that made abortion illegal across the island should not be changed.
Under current legislation abortion is illegal, except in limited circumstances where the mother's life or mental well-being are considered at risk.
The law is being reviewed by both governments, in Northern Ireland the Health Minister is due to produce draft guidelines before Stormont next week on when abortion may be allowed.
In December, the Irish state also announced its intention to introduce a combination of legislation and regulations on abortion.
It may be a 150 year old law, but for those attending the event on Friday it's as relevant as ever.
The meeting included DUP and UUP MLAs, Westminster representatives, a Fianna Fáil senator and former MEP Dana Scallon.
We need to know that when we open that door for exceptional cases, then it's going to be an avalanche of abortions.
"When you talk about the basic foundation stones of any society of any age, protecting the dignity of the human person, protecting life at all stages, that never changes," Ms Scallon explained.
She said there was pressure coming from 'outside the island of Ireland' to have a wide availability of abortion and warned of the risk in allowing terminations in some circumstances.
The show of unity comes against a backdrop of tension at Stormont on the issue.
On Wednesday it emerged that DUP and SDLP assembly members jointly tabled an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill that only allows terminations to be carried out within the NHS.
SDLP North Belfast MLA Alban Maginness and Lagan Valley DUP MLA Paul Givan said they had "grave concerns" about private clinics operating in Northern Ireland.
They want to ensure it is illegal to carry out an abortion, except through the NHS.
In response, a number of MLA's have signed a petition of concern - that could stop this from going through if they get 30 signatures.
One of them, Alliance Party assembly member Anna Lo, accused the MLAs of trying to sneak the amendment through without public scrutiny.
"The Criminal Justice Bill has received absolutely wide spread consultation, it has gone through the whole process," the south Belfast MLA said.
I would see it as a personal vendetta against Marie Stopes, and I would say those MLAs have their own personal agenda - that is an anti-choice agenda.
Anna Lo, Alliance
Ms Lo added that the amendment would cause lots of problems if it were introduced.
"We have hundreds of private healthcare providers," she said.
"In my constituency, there are private health clinics, cosmetic surgeries, Chinese medicine. The NHS contracts lots and lots of private healthcare providers.
"So where do you begin with this bill and where do you end?"