Take Action: Don’t Criminalise Sex-Selective Abortion

I don’t know whether or not I would have an abortion and I don’t know if I would have an abortion based upon predicted gender. I’ve never been in that position and I’ve never had to make that choice. Perhaps I wouldn’t care either way what gender my child was? Either way, I’m not egotistical enough to think that other people should live their lives just as I live mine and that’s why I’m pro-choice. Fiona Bruce MP & chairwoman All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group has proposed an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill which aims to make abortion on the grounds of gender a specific criminal offence, a move that has been dubbed a ‘trojan horse attack’ by Abortion Rights who have today called upon their supporters to urge their MPs to vote against the amendment.

‘It might appear to be pro-women but its purpose is to reduce reproductive rights. This amendment is nothing more than an anti-abortion campaign tactic. Designed to impinge upon a much-fought-for choice.’ Abortion Rights

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An open letter from a group of medical professionals and academics was recently published in the Telegraph outlining the significant legal concerns of this move. Concerns included that it is likely to undermine professional integrity, lead to ethnic profiling and alter the UK’s legal definition of pregnancy.

The letter also rightly points out that MPs should seriously consider if they want to take that step, particularly when there already exists legislation that already makes it illegal to coerce a woman into having an abortion. This is, after all, the issue that seems to be at the centre of Bruce’s campaign to push for the amendment, that she is acting in the best interest of women being preyed upon by the bad abortion people. It’s awfully deceptive.

To add your voice to the fight to stop this amendment visit the Abortion Rights website today. You just need to enter your postcode, a few details and you can then send a pre-written letter to your MP asking them to vote against the pro-life amendment. Alternatively find your MP and their contact details by looking on They Work For You and write to them about your concerns. The vote for the Report Stage of this bill and amendment is Monday 9 February 2015.

 

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Hayley Stevens

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3 thoughts on “Take Action: Don’t Criminalise Sex-Selective Abortion”

  1. Im sorry but any and all abortion should be made il fully legal and i don’t know how anyone could a abart a child because of its gender any baby male or female that is born healthy should always be born. However with that said i do agree with abortion if a woman has been raped or the child is going to be too ill to cope in life or the mum or parents to look after the baby. like i said all abortion should be fully illegal..

    Normally I would have to disagree and i know some would say iam wrong. I guess in the end it is down to the woman who is having the child but what i have read these past few months with regards to abortion it seems of late some people need no reason to abort or get rid of children just because they feel the need.

    also i would just like to add that maybe i would agree with a woman if the woman has been raped are the child is ill i guess they are my only grounds for what i would say is abortion and any other cases is nothing more or nothing short of MURDER.

    women’s rights is what matters but not if its just gender, race ,creed are any other issues and reasons that a woman can think of to abort a child.

  2. Thanks for highlighting this. Given my MP was one of the few who voted for the changes to abortion counselling arrangements back in 2011 and when I spoke to him about it he said that ‘nothing would change his mind’ I don’t think emailing him will do any good but I have done so all the same.

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