Dark day as Commons votes to impose abortion on NI and threaten decriminalisation in England and Wales

Jul 11, 2019 by

from SPUC:

A shameful amendment which would see abortion imposed upon Northern Ireland has passed through the House of Commons.

What happened?

Last night, the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favour of a clause inserted into the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill by pro-abortion MP Stella Creasy.

This clause commits the government to amend the abortion law in Northern Ireland by bringing it into line with the recommendations contained in a report issued in 2018 by the United Nations treaty monitoring committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Among other measures, this report  calls for the repeal of section 58 and section 59 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act. This means that as well as imposing abortion on Northern Ireland, abortion could be decriminalised in England and Wales.

The amendment passed through the House by 332 votes to 99, and is being debated in the House of Lords this evening. SPUC is asking supporters to write to peers asking them to oppose this measure.

Bill hijacked

SPUC’s Northern Ireland Political Officer Liam Gibson explains: “The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill is being fast-tracked through Parliament in the hope that it will provide more time for the political parties to come to a deal on the restoration of devolution. It was never intended that this procedure should be used to deal with such a contentious issue as the decriminalisation of abortion. With practically no time to consider its full implications, this Bill is now set to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland…

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Read also: Northern Ireland, gay marriage and the great liberal power-grab by Ross Clark, Spectator (£)


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