A Christian group has strongly criticised the Labour Party, saying its manifesto shows the party’s “disrespect for humanity and the family”.
In its manifesto, which has been described by one Christian Concern as “the destruction of the basic human norms of family and gender”, the Labour Party pledges to introduce abortion, on-demand, for any reason, up to birth.
Included on page 48 of the recently-released manifesto, is the line: ‘We will uphold women’s reproductive rights and decriminalise abortions.’
“Labour’s plan to legalise killing of innocent babies right up to birth is both inhumane and indefensible. Labour claim to be the party of the many, but they are clearly the party that is most against the unborn,” said Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern.
“The killings of babies in the womb in this country are already up to holocaust levels. Labour plans to expand and extend this holocaust.
“We know that gender-selective abortions are already taking place in the UK. Labour’s plan will be to legalise and therefore normalise this discriminatory practice right up to birth. Labour presumably believe that killing babies because they are girls is morally acceptable.”
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) accused the Labour Party of “slipping” the extremely controversial pledge into its manifesto without any further explanation.
“Labour has slipped abortion decriminalisation into its manifesto as if it needs no further explanation. However, removing abortion from the criminal law will signal the biggest expansion of abortion provision in over fifty years, and will put women at risk,” said Michael Robinson, SPUC’s director of parliamentary communications and campaigns.
Ms Williams noted that while there are some good policies – including plans to curb gambling advertising and establish gambling limits, introduce alcohol health warnings and maintain restrictions on Sunday trading, other extreme proposals meant the manifesto “strikes at the heart of what it means to be human”.
Christian Concern pointed out that, according to the manifesto, Labour will also allow self-declaration of gender and plans to have mandatory LGBT+ relationships and sex education. The party also plans to introduce no-fault divorce, a pledge also included in the Liberal Democrat manifesto.
“Self-declaration of gender is an assault on the way humans are made – as male and female. It will completely undermine women’s rights. Politicians should be protecting women’s rights rather than blurring the distinction between male and female,” said Ms Williams.
“This manifesto strikes at the heart of what it means to be human. It is the destruction of the basic human norms of family and gender.
“Labour has shown its disrespect for humanity and the family in this shocking manifesto. I hope that voters will see just how damaging and dehumanising these policies will be.”
Picture: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, holds up his party’s manifesto as he speaks to supporters during a visit to Thurrock in Essex whilst on the General Election campaign trail. (Aaron Chown/PA).