New UK Prime Minister as Bad for Unborn and Disabled as Blair

By Hilary White

  LONDON, July 13, 2007 ( - The UK’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has warned that newly appointed Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, is likely to be as bad a choice for Britain’s unborn children and vulnerable persons as his predecessor, Tony Blair.

  After serving from 1997 to 2007 as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Brown became Prime Minister on June 27 2007 when Tony Blair stepped down.

  SPUC’s political secretary Anthony Ozimic, points to Brown’s consistently pro-abortion voting record. In one year alone, 1990, Brown voted 16 times in favour of the abortion lobby.

  Ozimic notes that Brown voted that year "three times for abortion up to birth, including for disabled babies; twice for abortion demand in early pregnancy; once to extend the Abortion Act to Northern Ireland; once for selective foeticide in multiple pregnancies; once to facilitate RU486; once to suppress information about abortions on disabled babies; and seven times for other pro-abortion positions".

"He also voted five times to promote destructive embryo experimentation."

  Brown has raised funds for the government’s "Millennium Development Goals" that have replaced the funding for abortion, sterilization and "reproductive rights" in developing countries that were cut off by US president George Bush.

  He has also supported the 2005 Mental Capacity Act that SPUC described as the legalisation of "intentional killing" of the disabled. The law allows the denial of food and fluids from vulnerable patients, in order, said SPUC’s national director John Smeaton, "to create demand for supposedly more humane deaths by lethal injection".

  Brown has appointed several pro-abortion ministers to life-related portfolios in his new UK government, a move which SPUC warns will mean any attempt to reform the abortion law will lead to more abortions.

  Ozimic reiterates a warning he first gave in September 2006, when SPUC warned that with such strong support from Brown, any attempt to review Britain’s abortion laws would likely only end in a worse situation.

  In light of the recently introduced Human Tissue and Embryos Bill, Ozimic said, should abortion be introduced into the debate, "the government will give at least tacit support to amendments to extend abortion provision".

"Pro-life parliamentarians should therefore not attempt to open up the abortion law on the floor of Parliament whilst a government-backed pro-abortion majority holds  sway, lest there be a repeat of the 1990 defeat of the pro-life lobby," Ozimic said.

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