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Where does the new Lib Dem leader stand on abortion?

22 July 2019: At 5:30pm this evening it was announced that Jo Swinson was elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

She won 47,997 votes, against a vote of 28,021 for Ed Davey.

Jo Swinson has a track-record of voting pro-abortion apart from where she has abstained and a single vote in 2011 where she voted in support of independent counselling for women seeking an abortion.

On 9 July 2019 she voted in favour of imposing abortion on Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill returned from the House of Lords with an even more radical abortion amendment. This amendment intends to make abortion legal until the 28th week of pregnancy. Swinson voted in favour of imposing this abortion regime on Northern Ireland.

As a result of the final amendment being passed, if the Northern Irish assembly does not return by the 21st October, abortion on demand, for any reason, up to 28 weeks will be introduced to Northern Ireland.

The proposed changes regarding independent counselling would have stopped private abortion providers from providing abortion counselling. The service would have been instead outsourced to a third party which did not have a vested financial or ideological interest in providing abortions.

Polling shows that there is very strong demand from the public for a range of changes to abortion laws in England, Wales and Scotland that would introduce new safeguards and restrictions to increase protections for the unborn child and support for women in crisis pregnancies.

At the same time, abortion campaigners have made it clear that they want to remove almost all legal safeguards around abortion.

Green squares represent the MP casting a pro-life vote, red represents a pro-abortion vote, yellow is an abstention and grey indicates that the MP was not in office at the time of the vote.

Leadership voting records
  1. Introduce abortion on demand, for any reason, up-to 28 weeks in Northern Ireland. – 09/07/2019
  2. Attempt to introduce abortion on demand, for any reason, up-to 28 weeks to Northern Ireland. 10/07/2019
  3. Amendment to put pressure on the Government to change abortion legislation in Northern Ireland – 24/10/2018.
  4. Introduce abortion on demand, for any reason, up-to 24-weeks in Northern Ireland. Remove many of the current legal safeguards around abortion provision in England and Wales – 23/10/2018.
  5. Introduce abortion on demand, for any reason, up-to-birth (‘Decriminalisation’) – 13/03/2017.
  6. Explicit ban on sex-selective abortion – 23/02/2015.
  7. Independent abortion counselling – 07/09/2011.
  8. Better information and counselling for parents facing a disability diagnosis in pregnancy – 20/05/2008.
  9. Reduce abortion limit to 12 weeks – 20/05/2008.
  10. Reduce abortion limit to 16 weeks – 20/05/2008.
  11. Reduce abortion limit to 20 weeks – 20/05/2008.
  12. Reduce abortion limit to 22 weeks – 20/05/2008.
  13. Counselling and 7-day cooling off period – 05/06/2007.
  14. Parental notification for girls 15 and under seeking an abortion – 14/03/2007.

Sir Ed Davey

Jo Swinson

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Dear reader

Thanks to the support from people like you, last year a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Domestic Abuse Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition.

We are currently facing major threats on five separate fronts:

  1. Pro-abortion MP Rupa Huq has brought forward an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to introduce a jail term of up to two years if a pro-lifer offers support or advice to a woman near an abortion clinic. This is a threat to unborn babies and to freedom of speech.
  2. The assisted suicide lobby has brought forward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.
  3. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  4. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  5. The abortion lobby is expected to make another attempt to change abortion law to allow abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth.

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.

To cover this gap and ensure we effectively defeat these proposals during this period, we must raise at least £200,000.

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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