Today, my colleague Fiona Bruce is introducing a ten-minute rule motion as follows:
1. ABORTION (SEX-SELECTION): TEN MINUTE RULE MOTION
Up to 20 minutes (Standing Order No. 23)
That leave be given to bring in a Bill to clarify the law relating to abortion on the basis of sex-selection; and for connected purposes.
I strongly support Fiona’s Bill. In fact, we believe it will attract near universal support in the Commons.
However, as Fiona will explain, the situation in the country requires clarification. We do not want to have the bill introduced on the nod. We want to force a vote.
A vote cannot be held without tellers for both sides. For that reason, and that reason only, I have agreed to act as a teller for the noes. If we are to save the lives of unborn girls who might otherwise be aborted, we must make it clear that the House of Commons is united against this abominable practice.
I understand I will be joined by Gary Streeter MP, the Chair of Christians in Parliament.