Pro-lifers throughout the UK have been urged to contact their newly-elected MPs in order to warn them not to decriminalise abortion.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) warned that abortion remains the ‘greatest threat on the political horizon’ and has called on all pro-lifers to contact their MPs and ‘raise the alarm’.
The call comes following yesterday’s General Election, in which the Conservative Party secured its biggest parliamentary majority since 1987.
“It’s now essential that pro-lifers throughout the UK contact their newly-elected MPs of whatever party both to congratulate them personally on their election, and to urge them to work against and vote against all attempts to decriminalise abortion in Britain, following the last Parliament’s imposition of abortion in Northern Ireland last July, with the support of the previous Conservative government,” said John Smeaton, SPUC’s director.
While SPUC has always remained non-party political, the group has always urged its supporters to find out the pro-life voting intentions of individual parliamentary candidates standing in their constituency, and to vote for the politicians who, if elected, are most likely to fight and vote for the right to life of unborn children in the House of Commons.
Mr Smeaton pointed out that whilst it is good that the party forming the new Government does not have a policy to decriminalise abortion – unlike Labour and Liberal Democrats, who both pledged to introduce extreme abortion laws in their manifestos – it is still of great importance to ensure they don’t endeavour to introduce such a law further down the line.
Mr Smeaton recalled how some previous Conservative governments had no party policies on abortion but eventually went on to introduce pro-abortion legislation.
Most recently, Theresa May’s Conservative government, elected in 2017, had no party policy on abortion. However, from the very start of her period of office, she promoted abortion in Northern Ireland leading to legislation imposing the worst abortion law in Europe on Northern Ireland, against the will of all Northern Irish MPs who took their seats in the House of Commons.
“The greatest threat on the political horizon remains abortion decriminalisation,” said Mr Smeaton. “Pro-lifers must start work now contacting their MPs and raising the alarm. Pro-lifers must also vigorously oppose a political deal on abortion – allowing abortion up to so many weeks gestation with the inevitable exceptions up to birth. This was the tragic mistaken deal backed by pro-life groups in 1990. It’s both unethical and led to abortion up to birth. The pro-life movement must never again trade the lives of unborn children to reach a political settlement on abortion.”
Picture: View of Westminster Palace. (Waltraud Grubitzsch/DPA/PA).