Attempts to exploit the Domestic Abuse Bill for abortion expansion

01 Mar 2019

Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy has continued her attempts to make extreme abortion reforms  - this time through exploiting a bill aimed at tackling domestic violence. Within a few days of the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill being published Ms Creasy, was lamenting the fact that the Government had limited the scope of the bill to stop her from introducing an amendment that would seek to decriminalise abortion not only in Northern Ireland but also in England and Wales.

On 30th January Ms Creasy was able to bring an "urgent question" in the House of Commons regarding the issue, but Fiona Bruce, Conservative for Congelton, exposed the bill saying: “Let's call this out for what it is. It is part of an orchestrated campaign to alter abortion laws in Northern Ireland and here and to replace those laws with extreme proposals for which there is no public appetite whatsoever. Does the minister agree that it is highly inappropriate for such campaigners to hijack The Domestic Abuse bill in this way undermining a bill to support victims of domestic abuse and their families and that it is equally inappropriate to interfere in a devolved matter, a matter that's been devolved for almost 100 years that would set a dangerous constitutional precedent , a precedent of interference that would undermine The Good Friday Agreement itself." (As quoted by SPUC)

It was ultimately agreed that the focus of the bill is to tackle domestic abuse, not further abortion rights as Ms Creasy had attempted to do.