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Baroness Thatcher's voting record on pro-life and pro-family issues

19 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher was prime minister of the UK from 1979 to 1990

Some SPUC supporters have asked for information about Lady Thatcher's parliamentary record on pro-life and pro-family issues.

The following list is necessarily incomplete. In short, she:

  • voted for (what became) the Abortion Act 1967 at 2nd reading and at Report stage (voting many times for the bill during all-night sittings), though she was absent at 3rd reading
  • showed a mixed pattern of voting on several attempts by anti-abortion MPs to amend the Abortion Act (St John Stevas, Corrie, Alton)
  • supported the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill (now Act) 1990, which enshrined destructive embryo research in law and via which the Abortion Act 1967 was extended with ministerial help
  • voted against the equalisation of the homosexual and heterosexual ages of consent (2000)
  • voted to retain section 28 (banning the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities) on 24 July 2000
  • voted against homosexual adoption (16 Oct. 2002)
  • voted against various anti-life/anti-family provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill (now Act) 2008

Her record was mixed, with a move in a more positive direction in her later parliamentary years.

John Smeaton, SPUC's chief executive, commented: "After we have prayed for the repose of her soul, we must renew our prayers that one day we will have clear pro-life leadership from our elected representatives." [John Smeaton, 18 April]

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