The British Parliament today defeated a measure by a Conservative MP designed to ban sex-selection abortions. The vote saw the Labor Party whip the vote and defend killing girl babies in abortions specifically because they’re girls.
Fiona Bruce, the Conservative MP for Congleton, Cheshire, put forward an amendment to Section 5 of the Serious Crime Bill which would have made sex-selection abortions illegal. MPs defeated her motion on a 292-201 vote after the Labor Party urged its members to vote against it.
Bruce decided to put forward the sex-selection abortion ban after newspaper reporters engaged in an undercover investigation and caught doctors offering sex-seletion abortions to women who didn’t want to give birth to girls. The British government ultimate refused to bring charges against the doctors, who are now facing private charges from pro-life advocates.
Before the vote, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) abortion business lobbied heavily against Bruce’s motion and claiming that stopping the abortions on girl babies is somehow sexist. British trade unions also urged MPs to vote against the sex-selection abortion ban, according to one report.
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“Britain’s trades unions today put their weight behind efforts to derail a ban on the sex-selective abortions of girls because of their gender,” a Catholic newspaper reported. “The Trades Union Congress sent an email to MPs to ask them to oppose an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill today which would outlaw the controversial practice. The unions say the amendment would divide communities and also suggest that a ban might make women more vulnerable to domestic violence from partners who do not want to father girls.”
Before the vote, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, SPUC, argued why such a ban is necessary.
Paul Tully, SPUC’s general secretary, commented: “These moves are welcome because abortion is wrong, and sex selection is wrong.”
“Fiona Bruce’s proposal re-affirms the existing legal position that abortion on the grounds of sex selection is not permitted under the 1967 Abortion Act,” he told LifeNews.com. “Doctors have already been repeatedly warned that sex-selection abortion is wrong by the Secretary of State for Health, the Department of Health and the government’s Chief Medical Officer.”
“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.”