by Steven Ertelt
April 14, 2008
London, England (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life leader in England says former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is evading questions about his stance on pro-life issues following his conversion to Catholicism. John Smeaton of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children says Blair is avoiding talking about abortion and bioethics issues.
Smeaton recently sent Blair a letter asking him if he now opposes the anti-life practices.
"In my original letter to Mr Blair I asked him if, in the light of his reception into the Catholic church, he would tell us if he now repudiates voting for abortion up to birth three times," Smeaton told LifeNews.com Monday morning.
He also asked the former political leader if he will go back on stances having the government promote abortion, saying abortion is a fundamental human right, and introducing legislation promoting euthanasia.
"He has refused, point blank, to comment on, still less to repudiate, these positions," Smeaton says after getting a generic letter in response that largely avoided the questions.
A letter from Blair’s foundation staff to Smeaton said, "Mr Blair recognizes that this is a subject of great concern to many people around the world and on which a variety of deeply held convictions are held."
The staff member said Blair’s foundation focuses on other issues apart from abortion and bioethics concerns.
"This means that, at the moment, the Foundation will not be able to address the issue of pro-life, weighty though it is," the response to Smeaton said. "Nor, I am afraid, will Mr Blair be able to enter into correspondence on his personal beliefs on this or indeed other issues."
Smeaton told LifeNews.com he didn’t ask Blair about his personal beliefs.
"I asked him, a public figure, about his public record on matters of current public policy under which hundreds of thousands of unborn British people, and unborn people in developing countries, are killed every year," he said.
"As I have mentioned before, as a Catholic myself, I do not believe that public figures can be allowed to protect themselves from public scrutiny simply by being received into the Catholic church," he concluded.