Fiona Bruce MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group, today condemned a deeply concerning proposal which called for the deregulation of abortion law, removing many of the restrictions and safeguards which help ensure women’s safety and health.
Her comments came after MPs voted in favour of Diana Johnson’s Bill, which seeks to remove all legal restrictions on abortion, by 172 votes to 142 votes.
Speaking after the twenty minute debate, Fiona Bruce MP said:
“The motion today fell short of the high standards Parliament should meet, to support those in challenging or vulnerable situations – which many women with unplanned pregnancies are in – and to stand up for the equal dignity of all those involved, whether women or the unborn child. The proposal would remove many safeguards, currently there to help women make an informed decision, such as discussing their situation with a medical professional so they know all their options, and the risks involved. Today’s proposal, suggesting, for example, that women could obtain abortion pills by post, would deny them this opportunity, which can be critical for women in abusive situations – often the only chance they have to speak to someone about the pressures they are facing.
“If this did become law, then it would risk a return to the dangerous, unethical and unregulated abortion practices which the proponents of the original Abortion Act meant to end. How could women know, for example, that pills bought online were safe?
“Polling shows that 92 per cent of women support the current law, when it requires two medical professionals to sign off on an abortion – why do the proponents of this Bill not trust women on this issue? The consequences of such an approach would be to make women less safe and less informed, and is highly irresponsible.
“Whilst those who proposed this Bill had clearly been planning it for some considerable time, they mustered only 172 votes in its favour, out of 650 MPs. It has no chance of becoming law, nor should it. If those wanting to see this Bill become law were using today’s technical procedure to test the water, they clearly failed.”
Picture: A pro-life sign sits in the snow. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn).