British MP: Do not consult the people of Northern Ireland on their own abortion law

A British MP is seeking assurances from the Government in Westminster that the people of Northern Ireland will have no say in the implementation of a new extreme abortion law in Northern Ireland.

Labour MP Stella Creasy, in a debate on Monday evening about the new extreme abortion law set to be imposed on Northern Ireland, sought a guarantee from the Government that in implementing this abortion legislation, the people of Northern Ireland would not be consulted at all.

She asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:

“Can [you] confirm whether there is going to be public involvement in that consultation? It is really important for this House to be clear that, just as we would not ask non-medical professionals to consult on how to conduct a vasectomy, we should not do so when it comes to an abortion.”

In July, Stella Creasy put forward the original amendment which sought to introduce abortion into Northern Ireland. The extreme abortion amendment was made known on 4th of July, and it was selected by the Speaker only 37 minutes before the debate began on the 9th of July.

It was subsequently voted through later that afternoon, without the support of a single MP from Northern Ireland who sits in Parliament. As it now stands, the law will permit abortion up until 28 weeks gestation for any reason, including on the grounds of the sex of the child.

Bills can often take months to go through multiple stages in both Houses of Parliament and often have an element of public consultation. The Northern Ireland Bill however, was rushed through most of the parliamentary stages in less than a week.

Abortion remains a devolved issue in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly has consistently rejected abortion. Polling in the region has shown that the majority of women in Northern Ireland (66% in general and 70% of 18-34 year olds) do not want abortion law imposed on Northern Ireland from Westminster.

Furthermore, last weekend, tens of thousands of people attended demonstrations in Belfast against the Government’s extreme abortion legislation.

It is estimated that there are 100,000 people alive today who would otherwise not be, had the Abortion Act 1967 in the rest of Britain, been extended to that region.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said:

“The polling and public demonstrations over the last few days show how little public support there is for this new abortion law. It should come as no surprise that the radically pro-abortion Stella Creasy is extremely keen to ensure that the public are not consulted on this matter. If they were, they would probably reject it.”

“Unfortunately for Ms Creasy however, this is not how democracy works, and it is deeply undemocratic to remove the public from the conversation in this manner. You cannot intentionally keep the people of Northern Ireland out of the discussion simply because you do not like the answer they might give.”

Scottish politician could be removed from SNP election list after abortion row earlier this year

A MP for the Scottish National Party fears her opposition to lifting Northern Ireland’s abortion ban is the reason why she is the only party member who has not been approved to stand again, should there be a snap general election.

Lisa Cameron MP’s political future is in doubt as SNP members were emailed by party chairman, Angus MacLeod, on whether they want sitting MPs to fight a probable November poll or whether an internal selection should take place.

The party has since reselected 34 out of 35 MPs, but Lisa Cameron has not been placed on the SNP’s list of approved candidates.

In July, the former doctor voted against an amendment which would force abortion on Northern Ireland. While the matter was a free vote, for individuals to decide how to vote in line with their own conscience, the First Minister for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, made clear that she supported abortion.

MPs voted in favour of the abortion amendment 332-99 which was attached to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, ignoring the fact that abortion remains a devolved issue in Northern Ireland.

Dr Cameron has cited that her tragic experience of undergoing two very late-term miscarriages helped form her pro-life views.

She also revealed her office received more than 900 messages, including “abuse” and “cyberbullying” after she voted against the amendment.

She said: “It was a free vote, a conscience vote. I didn’t rebel or vote against the party whip. And yet now it’s virtually certain that abusive party activists will make sure I’m deselected and lose the job I love.”

“The attacks on me have been nothing less than vitriolic. One individual threatened to come over and ‘abort me’.”

Dr Cameron confirms she intends to stand. An SNP spokesperson said that the party’s selection processes were ongoing.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said:

“It is disgraceful that this MP should face deselection and receive such abuse for voting to protect unborn babies and in favour of not imposing abortion, which is a devolved matter, on Northern Ireland.”

“If she is deselected from the SNP, it would show the intolerance of pro-life views and those who respect and wish to defend the right to life of all human beings, born or unborn,  within the party.”