Conservative MP’s bill to ban sex-selection abortions is defeated

Conservative MP Fiona Bruce
Conservative MP Fiona Bruce

The leftist BBC reports.

Excerpt:

MPs have defeated a cross-party bid to clarify in law that abortion on the grounds of gender alone is illegal in the UK.

Conservative MP Fiona Bruce, who spearheaded the move, said the law was being “interpreted in different ways”.

But her proposal was defeated by 292 to 201. A review of the extent of sex selective abortion was agreed to.

[…]Her amendment would not have changed the law, but sought to update 1967 legislation that was drafted before it was possible to identify the sex of a foetus.

[…]Making the case for the change, the Congleton MP said her amendment would “clarify beyond doubt in statute that sex selective abortion is illegal in UK law”.

Now you might think that the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats would be against killing unborn girls, just because they are the “wrong” sex.

But you’d be wrong. The Shadow Secretary Yvette Cooper wrote to all the Labour MPs urging them to vote against the bill.

Life News says:

“Mrs Bruce has provoked furious opposition from the most radical elements in the pro-abortion lobby, who have now been joined by pro-abortion MPs like Yvette Cooper, Jenny Willott and Sarah Newton in attempts to block the condemnation of aborting baby girls,” he said.

“Most pro-abortion MPs were initially content to ignore this move because they know it will not change the law. However, the mere restatement of the law has split the ranks of the pro-abortion lobby, dividing feminists who recognise that it is used predominantly to abort girls, from feminists who regard the right to demand an abortion for any reason or no reason as the touchstone of feminist orthodoxy,” Tully explained. “The more extreme lobby regard the unborn child as a non-entity and won’t face the fact that each baby is either a boy or a girl. Aborting baby girls demeans all women, just as aborting babies because of their disability or racial characteristics demeans others like them. The truth is that every abortion demeans all of us.”

He concluded: “Ms Cooper’s statement undermines claims that Labour MPs are free to vote according to conscience on this issue.  As shadow Home Office Secretary, she has intervened not simply to tell Labour MPs to support abortion, but to support one of the most blatant abuses of the law.”

Cooper is a high-ranking Labour MP. Jenny Willott is a Liberal Democrat MP. Sarah Newton is a Conservative MP.

In the UK, the crime is not even being prosecuted.

From the UK Telegraph.

Excerpt:

Britain’s top law officer is to come under pressure in the House of Commons this week to say why the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute over the gender selection abortion scandal.

Dominic Grieve, the attorney general, will face questions from Tory MPs who want the Government to tighten up the 1967 Abortion Act in the wake of the scandal.

The comments come as Britain’s most senior prosecutor prepares to release a paper justifying his decision not to prosecute two doctors over an abortion scandal.

So, there was definitely a need for the law, since no one was being prosecuted for breaking it. And the measure strengthening the language was defeated – which tells me that they like things just the way they are now.

4 thoughts on “Conservative MP’s bill to ban sex-selection abortions is defeated”

  1. Reblogged this on Patriactionary and commented:
    WK thinks this is unfortunate. I understand that perspective.

    I beg to differ, in that I don’t want fetuses which are members of particular groups, whether females, or racial minorities, or whatever, to receive protection, while others do not.

    I am not a utilitarian, nor a femiservative, femingelical; no asinine comparisons of saving some children on a bus for me. I oppose the murder of all unborn, and want equal protection under the law for all fetuses, and nothing less than that.

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    1. I believe in incremental measures, but my view is that all human beings have a right to life from conception to natural death, no exceptions except if the life of the mother is threatened. E.g. – ectopic pregnancy.

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  2. Im 70 years of age having maybe 10 years left on this earth but with IS murdering men women and children in the most barbaric way..atheism on the rise alongside Islam and then seeing this.. aborting babies because of their gender makes me want to cry out come Lord Jesus come. This world has reached a tipping point in evil and knowing that intelligent politicians would vote against this worthy bill makes me shake with anger.Why is there so much evil because God has been cast aside and the result is the barbaric practises going on in the world..so I say again come Lord Jesus come.

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  3. Until pro-abortion supporters start to see a fetus as a human being instead of a pre-human being they will not care about gender, pain awareness or any other human quality. There’s a dehumanizing mentality that distorts the reality of what constitutes human life.

    Every week my niece posts on Facebook pictures and level of development as a positive way of saying “This is my baby”. I’ve noticed that those who are pro-life like the posts and encourage her while those in my family (even women who have children of their own) ignore the posts. I think it’s sad that pro-abortion thinking has that much control over some people.

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