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Judge behind decision to force abortion on unwilling mother has history of abortion advocacy

The Judge behind the decision to force a woman with a learning disability to have an abortion against her will has been heavily critcised for her role in abortion advocacy over the last two decades.

Critics have said that through Justive Lieven’s pro-abortion legal work, she “has been deeply involved in the construction” of the “foundations for the expansion of legal abortion in the U.K.”

In 2005 she represented the Family Planning Association arguing that the law should not require parental consent for girls under the age of 16 seeking an abortion and that there is no duty to inform parents. She argued that there was “no difference”, in terms of requiring parental consent, between treating a sexually transmitted disease and performing an abortion on a child under 16.

In 2011, she represented abortion provider and lobby group the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), advocating that women should be able to take the second abortion pill used in a chemical abortion outside of a clinical setting.

She submitted that “the safety of the abortion is unaffected by whether the relevant medication is taken in an approved place or at home.”

However, Dr Calum Miller has been highly critical of moves to take abortion out of a clinical setting noting:

“Self-referral, self-administration and less medical involvement in abortions is not an improvement in health services for women. Clearly, the absence of medical supervision for taking powerful drugs, often with great distress, is not an improvement in medical care.”

Between 2015 and 2018, Justice Lieven argued on behalf of the Nothern Ireland Human Rights Commission that the abortion law in Northern Ireland discriminates against women and girls. She claimed that the laws protecting the unborn breached rights to freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, and discrimination under Article 3 the European Convention on Human Rights.

During this case, Ms Lieven, acting as a QC, argued that the abortion law in Northern Ireland should not be decided by the democratic process of the people and their Assembly, but instead should be handed over to the courts.

“This amounts to a dangerous expansion of the judiciary into the legislator. The courts should be interpreting existing legislation not subverting the democratic process by creating their own laws,” said Right To Like UK’s Clare McCarthy.

“Her background in legal abortion advocacy means she should never have been a judge in this case at all, and should not be in any remotely similar cases in the future.”

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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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