UK – Stella Creasy’s abortion law campaign showed practical politics at its best

Stella Creasy’s abortion law campaign showed practical politics at its best
Courteous, attentive and largely free of partisan posturing, the debate on Northern Ireland’s law was a triumph of cross-party collaboration

Helen Lewis
Sun 10 Jun 2018

The most striking moment in politics last week was not David Davis’s fifth (unfulfilled) threat to resign. Nor was it Boris Johnson’s latest (unpunished) violation of collective responsibility. It wasn’t even the spectacle of hours of intense cabinet psychodrama finally resulting in a customs proposal that was instantly shot down by the EU’s chief negotiator. In Brexitland, a lot happens – but very little changes.

No, the week’s most interesting political event came late on Monday, when the Speaker, John Bercow, asked if he had “the leave of the House” to grant Labour backbencher Stella Creasy an emergency debate on Northern Irish abortion law. In silence, the vast majority of the MPs present in the Commons stood up – and the debate was granted. Supporters of the motion included the new minister for women, Penny Mordaunt, and Karen Bradley, the secretary of state for Northern Ireland.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/10/stella-creasy-abortion-law-campaign-practical-politics-at-its-best

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Canada: Liberals take aim at old abortion law

Liberals take aim at old abortion law
Daniel Leblanc
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2017

The federal government has tabled legislation to remove the anti-abortion provision in the Criminal Code, confirming the Supreme Court’s 1988 decision in the Henry Morgentaler case while bringing back the highly contentious issue in Parliament.

Liberal ministers deliberately introduced the proposed legislative change on International Women’s Day, cementing their party’s status as an unequivocally pro-choice movement. The Conservatives have yet to decide how to vote on Bill C-39, but one anti-abortion leadership candidate, Brad Trost, quickly signalled he opposes the symbolic proposal.

Continued at source: Globe & Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/justice-minister-aims-to-end-zombie-laws-clean-up-criminal-code/article34244927/

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