Major pro-life election campaign launched as 73% of candidates standing down have pro-abortion voting record

Right To Life UK has launched a major general election campaign – the Vote For Both Lives campaign – a large-scale initiative that will be run throughout the country in the lead up to election day on 12th December.

An analysis of the voting records of the 75 MPs that have decided not to stand again for election, shows that 55 (73%) had a predominantly pro-abortion voting record during their time in parliament.

The Both Lives Pledge outlines three policy changes that are designed to increase protection for babies in the womb and end pregnancy discrimination for women – policies that will save lives by protecting and supporting both mother and child. MP candidates are being asked to pledge their support to:

  1. Stop discrimination against baby girls by supporting a law change to clarify that sex-selective abortion is illegal.
  2. Bring UK law closer to the laws in the majority of EU member states by lowering the gestational time limit for abortion.
  3. Support women in the workplace by backing policies designed to end pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

All three of these policies are strongly supported by the general population and are likely to be raised by politicians in the next parliament.

Independent polling by Savanta ComRes shows reveals that:

  • 89% of the general population and 91% of women agree that gender-selective abortion should be explicitly banned by the law. 
  • 70% of women in the UK want to see the time limit for abortion reduced to 20 weeks or below.
  • 79% of the general population and 84% of women agree that women who want to continue with their pregnancies, but are under financial pressure to have an abortion, should be given more support. Ending pregnancy and maternity discrimination would help provide many women across the country with the financial support they need to care for their children and themselves.

The abortion lobby has made it clear that they will be seeking to introduce an extreme abortion proposal in the next Parliament, most likely as an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill.

Diana Johnson announced her intention to hijack the Domestic Abuse Bill, in the previous parliamentary session, with a radical amendment to introduce extreme abortion legislation to England & Wales.

Constituents are being encouraged to visit www.righttolife.org.uk/bothlives where it takes 30- seconds to ask their candidates to sign the Both Lives Pledge.

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“We are very excited to be launching this campaign as the UK faces what is one of the most important elections for life issues in a number of decades. Our analysis shows that of the 75 MPs that have stood down ahead of the general election, 55 had a predominantly pro-abortion voting record.

“In the next Parliament, the abortion lobby will likely be back in full force, pushing to introduce new extreme abortion legislation.

“The Both Lives Pledge outlines three policy changes that are designed to increase protection for babies in the womb and end pregnancy discrimination for women. These are policies that will save lives by protecting and supporting both mother and child.”

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