Right to Life says pro-life candidates 'tended to do well' at the ballot box

A leading pro-life charity has welcomed the re-election of pro-life MPs at yesterday’s general election.

Chris Whitehouse, trustee of the Right To Life charity, noted the victories of the Conservative Fiona Bruce, the Labour MP Robert Flello – chairwoman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group – as well as the Liberal Democrat Dr John Pugh.

Mr Whitehouse said: “Across England and Wales it seems that those who have upheld the pro-life position in Parliament have tended to do well in the ballot box, perhaps because voters share their views or at least respect them for having been consistent with their own principles. In Scotland, the situation is unprecedented, but we already know that many of the incoming Scottish Nationalist MPs respect the sanctity of human life.

“Those of us involved in the parliamentary fight against abortion and against legalisation of assisted suicide will be working hard with supporters in all parties to ensure that the right of MPs to vote on such issues according to their consciences continues to be respected. We’ll be stressing to all party leaders that evidence strongly suggests that there are votes to be had on pro-life issues. We’ll be moving forward to highlight the scandal of abortions performed on the basis of a child’s gender, the performing of abortion up until birth for minor handicap, and to stress the need to ensure that vulnerable patients are protected against pressures to end their lives.”

The Conservative party now has 329 seats, compared to Labour’s 232, after yesterday’s surprise result. Fiona Bruce won the Congleton seat with a majority of more than 17,000, while Robert Flello held Stoke-on-Trent South by 4,000. Dr John Pugh won Southport, one of only eight Liberal Democrats to hang on to their seat.