Labour's pledge to decriminalise abortion slammed by pro-life group

21 November 2019

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The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has condemned the Labour Party’s manifesto pledges on abortion.

Labour pledges to “uphold women’s reproductive rights and decriminalise abortions.”

Michael Robinson, SPUC’s Director of Parliamentary Communications and Campaigns, said: “Labour has slipped abortion decriminalisation into its manifesto as if it needs no further explanation. However, removing abortion from the criminal law will signal the biggest expansion of abortion provision in over fifty years, and will put women at risk.”

He went on: “Decriminalising abortion would remove legal protection from unborn children, meaning they could have their lives ended for any reason, at least up until the time they are capable of being born alive. Labour talks about ’reproductive right’”, which are not backed up by any human rights convention, but what about the right, recognised in international law, of the unborn child to be protected by law?

“Decriminalising abortion would also leave women at the mercy of the for-profit abortion industry, and make it easier for abusive men to coerce women into abortions, especially as online abortion pill businesses are likely to proliferate under such a regime.

“There is nothing ’progressive’ about making Britain’s abortion regime even worse and leaving unborn babies and their mothers unprotected by the law.”

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