Tory MP Heidi Allen chokes back tears as she tells of her ‘incredibly hard decision’ to have an abortion as she joins calls for terminations to be decriminalised in Northern Ireland
Labour MP Stella Creasy led call for law criminalising abortion to be repealed
She said women in Northern Ireland are being denied their human rights
By KATE FERGUSON, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT FOR MAILONLINE, 5 June 2018
A Tory MP choked back tears today as she told of the ‘incredibly hard decision’ she took to have an abortion – as she joined calls for it to be decriminalised in Northern Ireland. [FAKENEWS. ABORTION IS NOT A CRIME IN N.I.]
Heidi Allen joined politicians from across the political divide to urge Theresa May to step in to change the law in the province.
The PM is facing pressure to legalise abortion after the Irish Republic voted to in a landmark referendum last month – but the DUP MPs propping her up in No10 are vehemently opposed.
Aid Secretary Penny Mordaunt hinted that No 10 could intervene in the future warning Northern Ireland ‘must take responsibility’ or MPs will.
Ms Allen, the MP for South Cambridgeshire, became visibly upset as she revealed that she took the [ALLEGEDLY] heart-wrenching decision to have an abortion.
In an emotional speech she said: ‘I was ill when I made the incredibly hard decision to have a termination. I was having seizures every day, I wasn’t even able to control my own body, let alone care for a new life.’ … Enough. Very suddenly and unexpected we have a window before us. … This has become their moment and they will have my unequivocal support.’
Her [ALLEGEDLY] moving words came after other MPs had stood up to warn that women are risking their lives by taking abortion pills online or having back-street procedures because they do not have legal rights of termination.
Ms Allen said abortion was a ‘hard and emotive topic’, and asked: ‘Northern Ireland is a devolved administration, so is it our business?’ [NO]
She continued [ANYWAY]: ‘I am a modern, progressive woman in this country and I am proud that this country is my home.
‘As a woman who believes passionately in equality, in choice and an individual’s right to determine their own destiny, and as a woman elected to be the Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire in the 21st Century, who stood yesterday to support (Stella Creasy’s) request for this debate, because she is standing up for all the women in the UK, but mostly because I have been there, I am making it my business.‘
She added: ‘How can it be that Northern Ireland will soon be the only part of Great Britain and Ireland where terminations are to all intents and purposes outlawed?’ [FAKENEWS]
Labour MP Stella Creasy said the referendum to legalise abortion in the Irish Republic was an historic moment that should [BY SOME GEREMANTRIA AND PILPUL] usher in change in Northern Ireland.
She compared the current laws in Northern Ireland to the dystopian Republic of Gilead in the novel a Handmaid’s Tale where women’s reproductive rights are controlled by the state.
As the devolved government in Stormont has been suspended for nearly 18 months , many MPs are calling for No10 to step in and act directly by calling for a referendum on the issue.
She said: ‘As the residents of Gilead [WAKANDA? HOGWARTS?] has shown us – its fundamental to human rights…. this is not Gilead and we should not be frightened to speak up for the rights of women – to do so would put the rights of women at risk.’
Ms Creasy ad [sic] her allies are urging No10 to intervene directly as a devolution crisis has left the Stormont assembly suspended for nearly 18 months.
But Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley shot down calls for change – saying she personally backs a change in the law but its is not right for Westminster to impose it.
She is joined by MPs across the political divide who are calling for ministers to repeal the [FICTITIOUS] law which makes abortion illegal in Northern Ireland.
But the thorny issue risks creating a major political headache for Mrs May, who is propped up in No10 by ten DUP MPs who are [NOT] ardently against changing the law.
Opening the debate in the Commons today, Ms Creasy told ministers: ‘We don’t protect women by criminalising them.’
She said: ‘It’s about a particular dignity – the dignity of women to be able to choose what to do with their own bodies.’
She said the referendum to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland was a ‘key moment’ in the debate.
Ms Creasy added: ‘It’s now time for us to offer our [BLOODY] hands to the women of Northern Ireland.’
Under current laws it is illegal for women in Northern Ireland to get an abortion unless her life is in danger and the foetus is under nine weeks.
Ms Creasy pointed out that women who seek a termination after getting raped face longer prison sentences than their attackers.
She added: ‘Stopping the provision of abortion does not stop them happening – but increases the risk of women having to make lonely journey [sic] to seek one abroad and the prospect of prosecution if something goes wrong with the pills and she needs medical treatment.’
She said that [PRO-ABORTION] DUP leader Arlene Foster has called for the rights of men and women in Northern Ireland to be the same as those in the UK – but there is a big gap in how women are treated on abortion.
She urged ministers to repeal the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 which makes abrtion [SIC] illegal in Northern Ireland and ‘set a date’ for the change to come in.
But DUP members were quick to stand up and warn of their strict opposition to the change – saying it would ignore the rghts of the unborn child.
And they pointed out the issue is a devolved matter, and the Northern Irish Assembly voted against it in 2016. [AND SINN FEIN DECLARED THAT INFANTICIDE IS NOT A “HUMAN RIGHT”]
While Tory MP Maria Miller , head of the women and equalities select committee, urged caution.
She said that the British government has a duty to ensure the human rights of women are protected.
But she added: ‘We ruled on devolution…we cannot ride roughshod over that.’
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson warned the change would not have the backing of his party which has ‘always been pro life’.
DUP MP Jim Shannon said: ‘Let’s not forget the rights of the unborn child….life is precious.’
Ms Bradley told MPs that the PM will not intervene directly in the issue as it is a devolved matter.
She said: ‘Abortion has always been a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and it would not be appropriate for Westminster to seek to impose its will.
‘The Government believes that any future reform in Northern Ireland must be debated and decided by the people of northern Ireland and their elected politicians.’
She added: Personally, I want to see reform in Northern Ireland – but it’s a matter for the people of Northern Ireland.’
Labour backed a change in the law with the party’s shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Tony Lloyd saying: ‘Humanity deserves a change in the law.’
Tory MP and former Cabinet minister Justine Greening said the disparity in abortion law between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK is no longer tenable, but added that MPs must be ‘sensitive’ to devolution.
Tory MP Anna Soubry [IMPERIALISTICALLY] told Mrs May’s DUP backers ‘you impose you views on other women.’
She added: ‘Your [NORTHERN IRISH] laws are cruel, repressive and do nothing for the advancement of women and have to change.’
She added: ‘Get it sorted out because his [SIC] will not be tolerable any longer in our [SIC] nation. …get that Assembly up and running and do the right thing.’
What is the current abortion law in Northern Ireland and why are there calls to change it?
Northern Ireland now has the most restrictive abortion laws in the UK after the Irish Republic voted to legalise it.
Under current laws, known as the Offences against the Persons Act 1861, abortion is unlawful in Northern Ireland.
This means a woman cannot get one – even in cases of rape, incest or foetal abnormalities.
Abortion is legal [SO IT’S “UNLAWFUL” BUT “LEGAL”?] only when a woman meets limited criteria – these are:
- To preserve the life of the woman
- The impact on the woman’s mental or physical health must be a ‘real and serious’ and must also be ‘permanent or long-term’.
- The pregnancy must be under 9 weeks 4 days of gestation
However, there are mounting calls for the law to be changed after the Irish Republic voted to legalise the practice.
Campaigners have warned that it is unfair for women in Northern Ireland to have fewer rights over their own body than those in other parts of the UK.
- anointed, On the road, United Kingdom: She fails to mention she is in favour of murder.
- Zorro, UK, United Kingdom: Saw her speech on the news. For such a hot topic why was there only about 30 from 630 MPs sitting?
- pandora23, Southampton, United Kingdom: Women in NI should have the same rights on abortion as the rest of the UK and Ireland. As for the non-Government there, there salaries should be slashed to zero because they are not doing the job they were voted for. Sack the lot and choose people who want to govern and get on with the job. Also why are there so many potholes?
- Snaps, Portsmouth, United Kingdom: There are many reasons to justify an abortion but late or lazy contraception is not one. Likewise, at 24 weeks a baby is viable. so if and when it is allowed it should be no later than the 12 weeks prescribe in Ireland. Certainly no later than 16. As for Northern Ireland? It is up to them, Westminster should keep out of it.
- Dr JuIian Nutkins, South East Margate, United Kingdom: Nobody cares.
- Marraknows, Up North, United Kingdom: Don’t worry Allen will be soon smirking when voting against the Government on Brexit again. Save the tears as the Country already knows what she is.
- Pseudoname, UK, United Kingdom: Do any of these actually live in NI. If not respect their views. Killing babies is not a party political opportunity
Rachael Revesz, The Independent:
“It is not enough to demand that Northern Ireland catch up with UK law. Abortion is still technically illegal in the UK. It requires permission from two doctors. Women in England are not allowed to take abortion pills at home – meaning that if they don’t live next door to a hospital, they could have their miscarriage in a taxi on the way home. They can only get an abortion until 24 weeks. At abortion clinics, women are often surrounded by protesters.”