Jim Wells

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Jim Wells is a DUP Northern Ireland Assembly Member for South Down.

In September 2014, Mr Wells was appointed as Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.


In July 2012, in an article about controversy caused by the mention of young-Earth creationist views at a National Trust exhibition, Mr Wells was quoted as saying:

"There is a perfectly legitimate point of view, which I hold, that life is so complicated that it simply could not have come together by pure chance ... I believe that is a legitimate point of view, it is held by millions, and it has a right to be heard, along with the view that we all originated through microscopic cells which evolved into monkeys and so on."[1]


In August 2012, Mr Wells stated in a radio interview that women should not be allowed to abort a pregnancy resulting from rape. When asked about this view by the Belfast Telegraph he stated:

"That is a tragic and difficult situation but should the ultimate victim of that terrible act — which is the unborn child — should he or she also be punished for what has happened by having their life terminated? No,"[2]
"A termination of a pregnancy should not be the first option in that situation. The other option is that you kill the child who’s a totally innocent victim in this terrible set of circumstances."[2]

In April 2015 Mr Wells indicated on Twitter that he thought "the unborn child" should have equal rights: https://twitter.com/Jim_Wells_MLA/status/584796270906191872

LGBT Rights

In July 2011 Mr Wells was reported to have responded to an invitation to debate the Belfast Pride event from the secretary of Belfast Pride, saying "I find the behaviour of those who take part in this march totally repugnant".[3]


  1. http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/regional/dup-man-joins-causeway-creationist-row-1-4032265
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/dups-jim-wells-abortion-should-be-ruled-out-for-rape-victims-28785234.html
  3. http://www.thejournal.ie/nis-future-health-minister-brands-gay-pride-participants-repugnant-186311-Jul2011/

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