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Emergency commons debate on abortion and Northern Ireland is a step closer to a backstreet abortion culture, says the UK’s leading pro-life organisation

4 June 2018

The UK’s leading pro-life organisation has condemned Labour MP Stella Creasy for taking the UK a step closer to a backstreet abortion culture by securing an emergency debate in the House of Commons tomorrow, 5 June, in which she is expected to call for abortion to be decriminalised.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) says that Ms Creasy’s campaign to decriminalise abortion by repealing the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act is extremist. It would unleash abortion on Northern Ireland and leave women and unborn children throughout the UK at the mercy of the abortion industry

“This debate amounts to yet another attempt to bully Northern Ireland on abortion,” said Liam Gibson, SPUC's development officer in Northern Ireland. “Ms Creasy is calling for the repeal of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. This law has saved the lives of 100,000 babies in the Province and cannot simply be dismissed as outdated. 

"Abortion was prohibited by the Hippocratic Oath 500 years before Christ and condemned after World War II as a crime against humanity. It is not healthcare. It is an act of lethal violence directed at an unborn child and is never justified. Stella Creasy’s debate is a calculated manoeuvre to draw MP,s who have no mandate from the people of Northern Ireland, into a debate aimed at imposing abortion on the Province. It also holds extreme dangers for every part of the UK. This shows the utter contempt of the abortion lobby for the democratic structures and the rule of law. ” 

On Monday 4 June SPUC presented of 17,739 handwritten signatures from people in England and Wales calling on the Prime Minister to reject decriminalising abortion.

Antonia Tully of SPUC said: “Decriminalising abortion would effectively make the Abortion Act redundant. This is a dangerous move because if abortion is no longer governed by the law we will develop a backstreet abortion culture.

“Decriminalising abortion would leave every unborn baby and expectant mother in Britain and Northern Ireland with no legal protection against abortion and utterly at the mercy of the unscrupulous abortion industry. 

“Our fear is that the most vulnerable women will be most at risk. The abortion advocates would abandon abused, trafficked and desperate women to those who would seek to exploit them.  We are saying that these women need care and compassion, not to be forced by violent partners to take online abortion pills.”

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For more information, please contact Liam Gibson, SPUC's development officer in Northern Ireland:

Or Antonia Tully on 07926 007175. 

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