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Pro-abortion British MP signals intention to hijack Gov. bill to introduce abortion up to birth

by | Nov 15, 2023

By Right to Life UK

A leading pro-abortion MP has signaled her intention to hijack Government legislation to introduce abortion up to birth in the UK.

Following the State Opening of Parliament last week, Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy announced on X (formerly known as Twitter) that she intends to amend legislation set out in the King’s Speech to decriminalise abortion, which would introduce abortion up to birth.

She said: “Government told us decriminalizing abortion requires backbench amendments to test the will of the house.” 

“The Kings Speech contains legislation that will allow us to do just that.”

Abortion lobby shows its true colors

In July this year, pro-abortion MP, Maria Miller, introduced her Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (Sentencing Guidelines) Bill to Parliament, positioning it in her speech as a proposal that would prevent jail sentences for women, like Carla Foster, who procure their own late-term abortions.

Maria Miller stated that Sir Peter Bottomley, Harriet Harman, Caroline Nokes, Sarah Champion, Wera Hobhouse, Tracey Crouch, Caroline Dinenage, Matt Warman, Christine Jardine, Nickie Aiken and Theo Clarke had also put their name to the Bill.

In a surprise development, Stella Creasy MP, who generally leads pro-abortion campaigning in Parliament, rose to give a speech making it clear that she and the abortion lobby were opposing the Bill. In her speech, she stated that Maria Miller’s Bill would not deliver on the abortion lobby’s larger goal, which is to make the Abortion Act redundant by repealing underlying criminal legislation, stating “looking at sentencing directly contradicts the call for decriminalization”.

Abortion up to birth

Abortion advocates are campaigning for abortion to be fully ‘decriminalized’.

In England and Wales, this would involve repealing sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act along with the Infant Life Preservation Act

As the Abortion Act 1967 was passed to create exemptions to 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act along with the Infant Life Preservation Act, repealing this legislation would make the Abortion Act 1967 redundant in England and Wales. 

This change in law would scrap the current 24-week time limit for abortion, and abortion would be available on demand, for any reason, up to birth. The upper time limit would be completely abolished.

Abortion provider BPAS, which has been campaigning for this law change, has made it explicit that it is campaigning to remove all gestational time limits for abortion.

This position was affirmed by its then CEO, Ann Furedi, who at the launch of the campaign to ‘decriminalise’ abortion stated, “I want to be very, very clear and blunt … there should be no legal upper limit”.

70% of women favour a reduction in time limits

This proposal is completely out of line with where women stand on the issue. Polling from Savanta ComRes on whether time limits for abortion should be increased showed that only 1% of women in Great Britain wanted the time limit to be extended to more than 24 weeks and 1% wanted it to be increased right through to birth, in contrast to 70% of women who favoured a reduction in time limits.

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said

“‘Decriminalization’ means making abortion legal up to birth and its supporters are perfectly clear about this. A civilized society does not set mothers against their own children especially moments before their children are born. There is no real difference between a baby a month before birth and a month after birth.

“Abortion up to birth is barbarous and we should do all we can to make sure our MPs know that we do not want such legislation.’

Categories: Abortion