There is one piece of news that I have been looking for for a number of days. In fact ever since I heard that Theresa May was calling a general election.
You may think that the General Election is all about Brexit… and in many ways it is and we will look more at this as we get closer to the election. However, I am enjoying looking at the general election as a ‘staying of the murderous hand of those who want women to be able to legally kill their unborn baby at home, effectively by the internet’.
On the 12th March 2017, Labour MP Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North) asked the House of Commons for permission to introduce a Private Members’ Bill to the House of Commons. The bill was given its 1st reading before the House of Commons and was due to receive its 2nd reading on the 12th May 2017.
The bill was to “regulate the termination of pregnancies by medical practitioners and to repeal certain criminal offences relating to such terminations; and for connected purposes.” See more on the bill here Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) bill.
However, as of Wednesday, 3 May, the UK does not have a parliament!
By law, Parliament is dissolved 25 working days before a general election takes place. Given that the next general election is going to be on Thursday, 8 June 2017, this means Parliament was dissolved at midnight – well, 00:01 to be precise! – on Wednesday, 3 May 2017. So parliament can not give a second reading to the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) bill.
The bill falls!
‘Parliament.uk’ says this, “This Bill was expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 12 May 2017. However, as a General Election has now been called and Parliament will be dissolved from 3 May 2017, the Bill falls and no further action will be taken.”
This is a fantastic answer to prayer! Thank you, Jesus.
The battle is not over, and who knows Diana Johnson may be re-elected and seek to revive this bill, and even if she is not re-elected, someone else will fight for the right to kill more babies.
Keep this before the Lord.