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Diana Johnson releases text of abortion bill

10 October 2018

Diana Johnson MP presenting her first decriminalisation bill in 2017.

This dangerous bill must not pass

Diana Johnson, the Labour MP for Hull North, has released the text of her upcoming abortion decriminalisation ten minute rule bill.

Showing just how much the the abortion industry is behind this parliamentary move, it was uploaded onto a BPAS campaign website called "Now for NI" and was "drafted with support of Amnesty International UK, the Family Planning Association, BPAS, Professor Sally Sheldon and others." Amnesty have today also released polling which they say supports the imposition of abortion on Northern Ireland.

The public must be able to lobby politicians on abortion

SPUC Deputy Chief Executive John Deighan said: "This extreme bill would remove abortion from the criminal law in England and Wales, and also impose abortion on Northern Ireland by overruling devolution.

"Decriminalising abortion treats it like a medical treatment which should be regulated by the healthcare profession – it is not. Abortion does not cure any disease, but is the deliberate ending of an innocent human life," he continued. "There is strong social controversy about abortion, particularly around allowing it on demand, at the expense of the taxpayer. It is thus ridiculous to suggest that the power to regulate it be taken away from elected politicians and handed to factions of the medical profession, who won’t have to answer to anyone. It is vital that the democratic link be maintained and the public can lobby their accountable politicians about this matter."

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SPUC supporters are already campaigning hard to defeat this bill, Mr Deighan said. "Now that the text of the Bill has been published, we will be campaigning all the harder. As well as the dangers for women and unborn children, the Bill as it stands has very alarming clauses about making it legal to conceal the birth of a child and about conscientious objection. It must not be allowed to progress."

Extremist abortion agenda, not human rights

SPUC spokesman in Northern Ireland Liam Gibson also slammed the attempt by MPs outside Northern Ireland to impose abortion on the Province. He said: “The pro-life people of Northern Ireland are being attacked on all sides. What is being proposed would leave unborn children with absolutely no legal protection. That idea is shocking in itself but the way the pro-abortion lobby in the House of Commons is going about this flies in the face of the democratic rule of law. Diana Johnson represents no one in Northern Ireland, her party doesn’t even stand candidates for election here.

"In joining with militant abortion providers to draft this bill, Amnesty International  is pushing the extremist agenda of the abortion industry rather than promoting genuine human rights," Mr Gibson continued. "They claim to be defending human rights but abortion is not a human right. No such right has ever been recognised in international law." 

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  • Eileen Auckram

    10 October 2018, 8:27pm

    It is so terrible that China is still forcing mothers to abort their unborn babies. There is a great shortage of girls in China now

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  • MACLAREN Eileen Auckram

    21 October 2018, 1:16pm

    Yes indeed it is tragic. However, look to our own nation, which is equally appalling - The UK kills nearly 190 thousand children in the womb each year, most of whom were murdered for their mere existence. 'Ground C' of the set of official reasons (Grounds A to G) for abortion was permitted to 97% of them. Ground C is given as:
    << The pregnancy has not exceeded its twenty-fourth week and that the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman (section 1(1)(a)) >>

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    21 October 2018, 1:05pm

    Excellent alert about this wicked proposal from someone who should by now know better.
    Error in your text: [ "The public mist be able..] needs correcting to "must". Many thanks.

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