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SPUC slams Diana Johnson’s abortion bill as “a bleak, uncaring solution for women facing a crisis pregnancy.”

23 October 2018


The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has responded to the news that Diana Johnson’s abortion decriminalisation bill was given leave to proceed by 208 votes to 123.

Antonia Tully, Director of Campaigns at SPUC said: “While it is disappointing that the vote went in Diana Johnson’s favour, we will not be giving up our campaign to stop the measures in this bill making progress in Parliament.

“What Diana Johnson is proposing is a bleak, uncaring solution for women facing a crisis pregnancy. Her bill would make it legal for the body of a dead baby to be concealed after an abortion. How is that caring for women? Rather it opens up the way for abusive men to exploit vulnerable women and cover their tracks in the process.  This cannot possibly be considered progress for women or for society.

“The Johnson proposal will open up the floodgates for women to be coerced towards the terrible choice of abortion, which is being made all the more possible by the cynical push of abortion pills by the abortion industry,” Mrs Tully continued. “Without the current criminal sanctions, when a woman takes a substance with the aim of procuring an abortion and she dies as a result, manslaughter charges will no longer be available to prosecutors. What sort of deterrent is that for someone who could make a lot of money from selling abortion pills?

“Far from championing women, Johnson’s measures champion an unscrupulous abortion industry. It is the pro-life community which really cares about women.”

Liam Gibson, SPUC’s Northern Ireland development officer, said that the result “is not only a disappointment, it is a disgrace. It is nothing less than hypocrisy for MPs who claim to support self-government in Northern Ireland to then disregard democratic structures and the rule of law by trying to force their own views on the people of the Province.

“If devolution is to mean anything then the Westminster elite must accept that the people of Northern Ireland have the right to protect unborn children from abortion,” he continued. “According to a recent poll, two-thirds of people in the Province say that this is a matter that should be dealt with by Northern Ireland’s elected representatives alone. And half of the public believe imposing liberal abortion from Westminster would undermine the devolution settlement.

“Northern Ireland’s laws have saved the lives of an estimated 100,000 children who would probably have been killed had the Abortion Act been introduced in 1967. Diana Johnson pretends to be concerned about the women of Northern Ireland but really she is cynically pursuing her own extremist agenda to decriminalise abortion regardless of what the people of the Province think.”

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