Life is disappointed by parliament’s approval today for the continuation of the Diana Johnson ten minute rule bill which seeks to remove all legal restrictions on abortion.
Following a close vote today, 172 to 142, the bill will have its second reading on March 24.
Life’s Education Director Anne Scanlan said “Ms Johnson’s position that there is no need for legal restrictions on abortion because of the presence of other parliamentary regulation and professional standards is clearly nonsense when one looks at the history of abuses in the abortion industry. Only recently we saw the litany of safety breaches at Marie Stopes abortion clinics placing the health and safety of women at risk. So called “robust regulation” didn’t prevent those failures but at least the law could have been enforced against MSI. The fact that this did not happen simply means that the law must get tougher in order to protect women rather than to disappear totally, only to be replaced by a body of toothless unenforceable guidance notes.
With abortions being done on the scale of 1 every 3 minutes, it is necessary that specific and robust legislation governs this £100M tax-payer funded industry. Its pursuit of income has not only seen the termination of millions of unborn children but also scandalous health and safety breaches against vulnerable women in crisis.
Ms Johnson tells us that this bill is about removing the threat of criminal punishment against women. Make no mistake, what this bill seeks to do is to remove the threat of potential legal action against the abortion industry as it seeks to grow and expand its market which would include the online sale of abortion pills. The online sale of abortion pills places the health and safety of women at risk. Legal restrictions on abortion actually protect women when they are enforced.
Ms Johnson claims that her bill would not result in gender specific abortions, because these do not fall under the current grounds for abortion. However effectively rendering any grounds for abortion redundant, would mean there would be no need to give any reason whatsoever for an abortion, including that of gender. We realise that the current abortion restrictions have always been a financial bugbear for the abortion industry and their removal would pave the way for abortion providers to double and triple their profits. Having twisted, abused and flagrantly violated the Abortion Act to the point where it has become almost meaningless, this was the next step, to try to effectively discard it totally. One can only imagine the operational and procedural free-for-all, placing the health and safety of women at risk, if legal restrictions are totally removed. We urge MPs to stand up to protect women and unborn children by ensuring this bill is not passed by the House”