Press comment – Assisted suicide appeal denied at The Supreme Court

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Right To Life: Press comment 27 November 2018

Assisted suicide appeal denied at The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to legalise assisted suicide.

This ruling by Lady Hale, Lord Kerr and Lord Reed upholds the decision by the Court of Appeal, which rejected the same arguments in June this year. The Supreme Court’s decision means that Mr Conway’s case cannot proceed any further.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Clare McCarthy said:

“We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision. Our current law protects people with disabilities and vulnerable people from being coerced into ending their lives. This ruling upholds previous decisions by Parliament and judges making it clear that the current protections provided by the current law are vital.

The Royal Colleges of Physicians, Surgeons, and General Practitioners, the British Medical Association, the Association of Palliative Medicine, and many others have made it clear that the safest law is the one we currently have.”

ENDS

Press Release – Radical abortion bill fails to pass at second reading

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Radical abortion bill fails to pass at Second Reading

A radical abortion bill brought forward by Diana Johnson MP has failed to pass through the Commons at its second reading today after opposition was raised by a number of MPs led by Christopher Chope MP.

This means that the Bill is now very unlikely to progress any further in this current session.

The Bill was first brought introduced as a Ten Minute Rule Motion on the 23rd October. The highly controversial motion sought to impose abortion on Northern Ireland and to remove many of the current legal safeguards around abortion provision in England and Wales.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, outlined her concerns about the Bill in a letter to a constituent including the lack of safeguards and legal framework, and the threat it posed to devolution in Northern Ireland.

A spokesperson for Right To Life, Clare McCarthy said:

“It is good news today that this radical abortion bill has failed to pass through the Commons. This is often the case with Ten Minute Rule Motions however the far-reaching and extreme changes proposed in the Bill were very worrying.

The Bill sought to bring about one of the world’s most extreme abortion laws, not only in England and Wales but also in Northern Ireland, where unborn babies are currently strongly protected under the law. Recent polling conducted in Northern Ireland last month showed that 66% of women there and 70% of 18 – 34’s said that Westminster should not impose abortion laws on them.

Not only was Diana Johnson’s abortion Bill out of step with the people of Northern Ireland, it was also wildly out of line with public opinion on abortion across the rest of the UK. Polling shows that the British public actually supports more legal safeguards with 70% of women polled indicating that the current 24-week gestational limit for abortion should be reduced.

Though it is good news today, pro-life people should not rest easy on their laurels. We know abortion activists will be doing everything in their power to progress their agenda in Parliament over the coming months. It is vital that constituents continue to lobby their MPs on the disastrous impact these proposals would have for women and babies in the womb right across the United Kingdom.”

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  • For additional quotes and media interviews contact Clare McCarthy on 078 336 61532 or email press@righttolife.org.uk
  • For further information on Right To Life visit www.righttolife.org.uk
  • ComRes interviewed 1,013 Northern Irish adults online between 8th and 15th October 2018. Data was weighted to be representative of all Northern Irish adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Make a submission to the Women & Equalities committee consultation on abortion in Northern Ireland

The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee has launched an Inquiry into Abortion Law in Northern Ireland.

It appears that this inquiry has been set up to try and put more pressure on the Government to impose abortion on Northern Ireland. It is therefore individuals make written submissions to the Inquiry.

Full details on the Inquiry including scope and terms of reference are available here. You can make a submission to the Inquiry on the Commons Select Committee website here.

To ensure that it is as easy as possible for people to submit to the Inquiry we have also put together a submission function which you can access by clicking the button below.

If you have time, we strongly encourage you to update the text to reflect your own views and the key evidence you wish to submit to the Inquiry. To help you with your submission we have outlined some key points on abortion law in Northern Ireland here that you may want to draw on when writing your submission.

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See your MP’s entire voting record on life issues

The Where Do They Stand e-democracy platform has now been updated with the two recent votes on abortion.

If you have not used the platform, I would recommend taking a look at it now. It works like our email MP functions – all you need to do is enter your postcode. It will then produce a simple traffic-light outline of how your MP has voted on life issues during their time in Parliament.

The page also includes other useful information on your MP (contact details, links to their Twitter account, Facebook account and Wikipedia page) which makes it easier for you to have all their information to hand, ahead of getting in contact with them on life issues.

There is also an excellent resource on the home page of the site which outlines areas where ComRes polling shows the majority of the population actually support restricting our current abortion laws. It also shows that while some may identify as ‘pro-choice’, the vast majority of the population do not support the absolute ‘pro-choice’ position – which is legalising abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth. You will see there that only 1% of women in the UK support this position.

We have found highlighting these figures in conversations with MPs can be very useful in demonstrating how far out-of-line with public opinion our current abortion legislation is. The polling shows that it is likely that the majority of their constituents are, in fact, far more supportive of restricting rather than introducing more extreme abortion legislation.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WHERE DO THEY STAND PLATFORM