I despair. Three Liberal Democrat MPs , one after the other have just told me they can’t support my amendment to 20 weeks because, I quote, “what about the 20 week scan and if the baby has a severe handicap, that means we would be subjecting parents to have to look after a disabled child”.
Leaving my views on disabled children and their right to life completely to one side, I will say yet again-
MY AMENDNMENT IS FOR HEALTHY BABIES AND SOCIAL TERMINATIONS ONLY.
If a mother has a 20 week scan and it detects a disability the mother still has the right to abort right until birth.
This has shown me one thing tonight; the majority of Lib Dems are going to file into the 24 week lobby because they would rather do that than vote for a Conservative amendment. Not because they have bothered to learn anything about the issue.
I Just hope they can defend their position at a general election. I reckon any MP who votes for 24 weeks may find it’s more of an issue than he or she thought.
Nick Clegg has got a long way to go before his MPs will back a Conservative government!!