The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) said it is standing in solidarity with a Scottish MP who received a death threat after voting in accordance with her deeply held pro-life beliefs.
Dr Lisa Cameron, SNP MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, received the death threat just days after the she voted against a Bill that would have banned pro-life vigils outside abortion clinics. Dr Cameron called the police when she discovered the message on her Facebook account and officers are now in possession of the contents.
The vile note said that the sender planned to kill an elderly relative – whom Dr Cameron does not wish to identify – and referred to the MP as ‘ya fat slag’.
Dr Cameron said: “I am concerned by the actions of those who have whipped up hatred and toxic aggression online in recent weeks following from my conscience votes on abortion and particularly distressed to have once again received a death threat towards my family.
“Unfortunately, it is becoming more difficult for Christians MPs to be able to vote on matters of conscience freely due to safety concerns, as freedom of religious belief appears to be being continually eroded. This is currently a police matter and I would be grateful if people could respect my family’s privacy.”
Michael Robinson, SPUC director of communications, said he was appalled by the vitriol directed towards the MP.
“Once again Dr Lisa Cameron MP has been targeted with hate and intolerance because of her deeply held belief that everyone deserves the right to life. It is especially despicable to target her through her family,” he said.
“Vilification is now routinely used as a tactic by pro-abortion advocates to crush debate and invite hateful attacks on those with a differing opinion. Those who believe in democracy need to expose the culprits responsible and defend genuine democratic values.”
Mr Robinson insisted that “as a society we must respect and defend freedom of conscience”.
SPUC recently presented a bouquet of white flowers to Dr Cameron on behalf of all its members.
“It was a privilege to give Dr Cameron this small token of SPUC’s gratitude and admiration for her courage in always voting according to her conscience on pro-life matters,” Mr Robinson said. “SPUC’s symbol is a white flower; copied from the White Rose non-violent resistance movement in Nazi Germany.”
Describing Dr Cameron as “a valiant MP who has spoken out fearlessly in defence of unborn babies”, SPUC is asking all those who acknowledge the importance of free speech and democratic values, to stand in solidarity with Dr Cameron by adding their names to the online thank you message. People can also include a personal message to Dr Cameron.
To add your name to the thank you message, see: https://www.spuc.org.uk/Events/SPUC-says-thank-you-with-flowers?fbclid=IwAR0-WvH15RJw1-qMT0YsaPcjaSwBLpbM-tbrTfx6OVh46zjuwFm4K7ZXy4Y
Picture: Dr Lisa Cameron with a bouquet of white flowers, given to her by SPUC on behalf of all its members. (SPUC).