Lib Dem leader Tim Farron condemned for betraying unborn babies after defending legal abortion to gain votes
20 April 2017
The world’s longest established pro-life organisation has condemned the leader of the Liberal Democrats for betraying unborn children following his comments on abortion.
Tim Farron has been accused of sacrificing his Christian principles for political expediency in a desperate bid to woo support at the ballot box in June'ss general election.
When elected to the House of Commons Farron said:
"Abortion is wrong. Society has to climb down from the position that says there is nothing morally objectionable about abortion before a certain time. If abortion is wrong, it is wrong at any time."
But when the party was asked for his views this week a spokesperson stated:
"Tim supports a woman's right to an abortion. He will defend the existing law."
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children which was formed in 1967 - the same year as the Abortion Act was passed – accused Mr Farron of turning his back on the rights of unborn babies for political advantage.
SPUC's Campaign Director Antonia Tully said:
"This kind of opportunism demonstrates the worst face of politics. Mr Farron is betraying unborn babies for political expediency. He fails to think the law should protect the most vulnerable from lethally unjust treatment even though he appears to know (or have known) that they are indeed being treated in a very immoral way.
"MPs should really show some backbone when they are pressed on crucial issues.
"Their views on life issues are important to many voters in this election, and SPUC activists will be quizzing candidates on their positions.
"MPs need to be brave – not railroaded by pressure from the media or liberal elites.
"And I guarantee that SPUC will be running a vigorous and high-profile election campaign to make sure these issues are to the fore.”
Mrs Tully called on voters to question their candidates on life issues, saying: “While of course there are many important considerations in this election, it is crucial that abortion, 50 years after it was legalised, is one of them. The last few years have seen horrific reports of malpractice in the abortion industry, only adding to the 50 years of evidence that abortion damages women, as well as having taken the lives of over 8 million babies. It is also imperative that we elect politicians who will commit to upholding Parliament’s decision in 2015 to protect the vulnerable by voting against euthanasia and assisted dying."
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