Press release – 80 MP candidates sign Both Lives Pledge since launch on Wednesday

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80 MP candidates sign Both Lives Pledge since launch on Wednesday

24 November 2019 – Eighty candidates from around the country have signed the Both Lives Pledge since it was launched on Wednesday this week.

Earlier this week Right To Life UK  launched a major general election campaign – the Vote For Both Lives campaign – a large-scale initiative they are running throughout the country in the lead up to election day on 12th December.

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. 

  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.

These policies are likely to be brought forward by politicians in the next parliament. Independent polling by Savanta ComRes shows that all three policy changes are strongly supported by the public. 

  • 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.

An analysis of the voting records of the 75 MPs that have stood down ahead of the general election, shows that 55 (73%) had a predominantly pro-abortion voting record during their time in parliament.

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.

Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have pledged to introduce extreme changes to abortion legislation in their manifestos released earlier this week. 

An analysis released earlier this week show that there has been a 1300% increase in taxpayer funding for abortion giant Marie Stopes since Conservatives took power in 2010. 

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:

“This is the biggest response we have seen to any election campaign we have run ever.

Since we launched the Vote For Both Lives campaign on Wednesday, tens of thousands of emails have been sent from constituents throughout the country asking them to sign the Both Lives Pledge.

Eighty MP candidates have now signed the Both Lives Pledge making it clear that if elected they will be supporting important measures 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.

It is fantastic to see such a strong response from the community and MP candidates as the UK faces what is one of the most important elections for life issues in a number of decades.

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.”

ENDS

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