House of Lords to consider Domestic Abuse Bill in JanuaryAbortion
As an organisation committed to upholding and protecting human dignity, we are deeply concerned by the abhorrent crime of domestic abuse.
Controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour violates the dignity of individuals and is used as a tool to oppress the vulnerable. The effect of such cruel acts on victims is long-lasting and, in the most tragic circumstances, it is fatal.
CARE strongly supports the purpose of the Domestic Abuse Bill which offers much needed improvements in protection and support for victims of domestic abuse, which is a horrific crime ruining thousands of lives and disproportionately affecting women.
The Domestic Abuse Bill addresses issues that have never been addressed before, such as controlling or coercive behaviour of intimate partners and economic abuse, and it establishes a Domestic Abuse Commissioner which aims to strengthen the response of police, local authorities and other bodies.
There’s a danger the bill is hijacked to promote abortion
One amendment attempted to introduce 'decriminalisation' where abortion is available on demand, for any and every reason right up to 28 weeks.
At that time, those amendments failed to pass, in a pro-life win.
Now the bill is returning to Parliament, it raises the prospect that Members of the House of Lords could yet try and hijack this important piece of legislation to change abortion law.
What can you do?
Many of you emailed and wrote to your MP about the bill last time and your help made all the difference. We may need to call on your help again in the New Year. In the meantime, please pray the bill is kept focused on tackling the scourge of domestic abuse, rather than being used to remove all remaining abortion safeguards.