Wednesday 24th January, 13:00 - 15:00
A coalition of pro-life groups is making a public stand against the extreme attempts by pro-abortion MPs Stella Creasy and Diana Johnson to remove further protections from babies in the womb and their mothers in the name of “healthcare” and “women’s rights”.
What are these MPs attempting to do?
These MPs have hijacked the Criminal Justice Bill by tabling amendments that propose removing offences that make it illegal to perform a self-abortion at any point right through to birth.
Stella Creasy’s amendment, if it became law, would also repeal Section 60 of the Offences Against the Person Act, which is currently used to make it illegal to hide the body of a dead newborn baby, including in circumstances when the baby has been killed through infanticide. Section 60 is also important in stopping individuals from preventing an investigation into the cause of a baby’s death when infanticide is suspected.
These amendments would likely lead to an increased number of babies’ lives being ended through late-term abortions performed at home, as well as the lives of many more women being endangered.
How are pro-life groups responding?
Ruth Rawlins, from CBR UK, one of the organisers of the event, states:
“This over-reach by these MPs is completely opposed to public opinion. The problem is that the public are not aware about it, and so it is our responsibility to let them know.
"A coalition of pro-life groups and individuals will be gathering in Walthamstow, MP Stella Creasy's constituency, to stand in solidarity for babies and mothers in this nation.
"We are destroying the abortion lobby’s deceptive framing and language of this as "healthcare", with the truth: there is no right to kill another human being. We must be a nation that protects babies both in law and in practice.”
Pauline Peachey, who had an abortion in the late 1960s, comments:
“The doctor advising me at the time, told me the abortion act was passed specifically for women in the situation that I was in. But I remember thinking I wish women did not have the burden of the choice to kill their babies but instead were given the help to enable them to keep their baby. Laws are necessary to protect both the babies and the mothers.”
Pauline has supported many women over the years through her PASE project and has found many share the same sentiment.
As well as the peaceful pro-life demonstration in Walthamstow, CitizenGo has set up a petition calling on the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, to ensure these extreme abortion amendments don't even make it to a vote.
Where does the public stand?
The people of Walthamstow were asked in this video produced by CBR UK, if babies should be protected, and for their response to MP Stella Creasy's plans to remove legal protections from babies in the womb.
Notes to editors:
Peaceful pro-life demonstration
Date: Wednesday 24th January, 13:00 - 15:00
Location: Walthamstow centre next to NatWest: 204 High Street, London E17 7JH
Groups in attendance:
Photo opportunity and media interview available:
Ruth Rawlins: 07572 455 399 | [email protected]
For further information on these amendments, see Right to Life's briefing here.