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Carla Lockhart MP appointed Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group in Westminster

Northern Irish MP Carla Lockhart has been appointed the Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group in Westminster. 

Lockhart has been an outspoken pro-life MP since she won her seat in 2019. During her maiden speech she said:

“I feel it is imperative that I speak on this to attempt again to highlight the anger, disappointment and frustration concerning the change in abortion laws that have been foisted upon the people of Northern Ireland. These changes came in the most roughshod way, with complete contempt for the devolved Administration and the views of the people of Northern Ireland”.

“It is incomprehensible that the Government, knowing that abortion was a devolved matter, has published consultation proposals to introduce changes that go far beyond what has actually been required by Parliament”.

It is a mammoth and sobering task as we seek to restore life affirming laws across the United Kingdom”

In 2020, Lockhart joined campaigner Heidi Crowter in promoting and delivering an open letter to the Prime Minister against the abortion law in Northern Ireland that permits abortion up until birth for people with disabilities. Crowter, who herself has Down’s syndrome, said the law made her feel like she would be “better off dead”.

At the time, Lockhart said: “[W]e have delivered a petition to the Government saying no to the extreme abortion regulations that are being forced on the people of Northern Ireland”.

“Along with over 18,000 people from Northern Ireland who signed the petition, we want to send a clear message to the Government that the people of Northern Ireland do not want Westminster imposing these extreme abortion laws on them”.

“Instead, we join with Heidi Crowter in saying ‘no’ to discriminatory disability-selective abortion”.

Prior to being elected as Member of Parliament for Upper Bann in 2019, Carla Lockhart was a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Upper Bann and had a strong track record of standing up for the unborn and pregnant women at the Northern Ireland Assembly.

On her appointment she wrote on Facebook: “Everyone will know my passion for protecting the unborn, the most vulnerable in our society.  I am deeply humbled by this appointment.  It is a mammoth and sobering task as we seek to restore life affirming laws across the United Kingdom. #EquallyHuman #BothLivesMatter”

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “We are very pleased to see this new appointment and, as secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group, Right To Life UK is looking forward to supporting Carla Lockhart in her new position. Carla Lockhart has shown herself to be a consistent and strong defender of the unborn, and has frequently spoken in their defence. 

The current chair of the All Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group, Fiona Bruce MP, has worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the vulnerable are protected from abortion and assisted suicide. Carla Lockhart will complement the courageous work that Fiona Bruce MP does and enable the All Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group to do more to build a better political situation for the unborn child, pregnant women and those nearing the end of their lives. ”.

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Dear reader, 

Thanks to the support from people like you, in July, a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - to introduce abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth - failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition.

We are currently facing major threats on four separate fronts:

  1. The abortion lobby is expected to make another attempt to change abortion law to allow abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth. A similar law was introduced to New Zealand last year and recently released data shows that the country saw a 43% increase in late-term abortions in 2020.
  2. The assisted suicide lobby has brought forward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which will be receiving a Second Reading in the House of Lords on 22 October.
  3. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland and abortion campaigners are also running a large campaign to try and introduce ‘DIY’ home abortions to Northern Ireland.
  4. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. 

Fighting both the abortion and assisted suicide lobbies over this period has already made a huge dent in Right To Life UK's limited resources.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a significant difference.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a special gift right now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?

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