British bill seeks to remove all restrictions from abortion
Mar. 16, 2017
A bill to remove all criminal sanctions from abortion in the UK has received a majority vote in Parliament. The bill, introduced by Hull North Labour MP Diana Johnson got 172 votes “aye” to 142 opposing MPs but is unlikely ever to make it to law. Johnson's bill sought to remove the life sentence that currently exists for women or abortion practitioners who are convicted of having or aiding an abortion outside the scope of the 1967 Abortion Act.
Britain has over two hundred thousand babies aborted every year under a bill that was supposed to make abortion ‘safe, legal and rare’.
The opposition to the bill was led by first generation Irish MP Maria Caulfield who questioned why the bill was being advanced “at a time when the UK abortion industry is knee-deep in allegations of unsafe and unethical practices”. Caulfield pointed out several issues of failure and the fact that the Care Quality Commission is investigating the Marie Stopes clinics on their dreadful record.
Maria Caulfield asked the MPs voting to consider the rights of the unborn child while Johnson did not refer to the unborn child even once in her speech. Caulfield also pointed out that we no criminal sanction there is nothing to prevent clinics carrying out abortions at much later dates than the twenty four weeks provided for in the 1967 Act nor would there be any effective protection for women coerced by abusive partners or rapists int having abortions.
Johnson claimed that decriminalising abortion would in no way effect the 1967 Act, mentioning that sex selective abortion would still remain illegal. Prolifers say this is entirely disingenuous as sex-selective abortion is not now prosecutable despite being illegal because of the Crown Prosecution Services' to stop the private prosecution brought by Aishling Hubert and levy Hubert a £47,000 costs bill for initiating the attempt.
This bill was introduced by Johnson under the Ten Minute Rule, a mechanism for backbenchers to bring private members bill to the floor of parliament. These bills are rarely opposed at all at first stage as the government almost invariably kills them by squeezing them out of the busy roster or simply voting against them. These bills are generally regarded as a publicity mechanism rather than serious legislation though in this case the bill was the result of work by a cross party group of MPs.
Category | Abortion : Europe
Published By | Life House