Life is pleased that Diana Johnson’s extreme abortion bill did not advance in the House of Commons today as the abortion lobby hoped.
The bill was due to have its second reading but faced objections from MPs meaning that it could not proceed today. It is uncertain whether Ms Johnson will try to have another date for it.
Life’s Director of Advocacy Anne Scanlan said: “We commend the good sense shown by MPs today who objected to what would be the most extreme abortion legislation in Europe if it achieves its abortion on demand objectives. The published bill proves that Ms Johnson and others behind this bill, which includes BPAS Trustee Sally Sheldon, want abortion for any reason up to 24 weeks. Also in cases where a woman is prepared to take abortion pills at home, she would be able to do so right up to birth without any criminal sanction. Its attempt to impose abortion on Northern Ireland by targeting the Offences Against the Persons Act (1861) represents a slap in the face of the people of Northern Ireland.
It is a backward and dangerous bill which would place the health and welfare of women at risk and significantly increase the number of abortions which are already happening at a rate of one every three minutes. It would also result in a financial windfall for abortion providers like BPAS and Marie Stopes who already rake in millions of pounds every year from the British taxpayer.
We urge MPs to stand by women and their unborn children and continue to resist the persistent and powerful pressures being brought by the abortion industry and their political allies in parliament to remove any legal impediments to abortion on demand.”