11th July 2019, 20:41
Meanwhile, earlier today, the Pro-Life Movement welcomed a letter to the Chief Minister from House of Lords member, David Alton, signed by 15 other public representatives, including MPs and US congressmen and senators.
The letter calls on the Chief Minister not to proceed with the abortion bill on the basis that the Gibraltar Government has a duty to act for the public good and protect human life at all its stages.
The signatories say they're unanimous in their view that contrary to Mr Picardo's stated position, the judgement given by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom relating to the abortion laws in Northern Ireland, creates no legal obligation on Gibraltar to introduce any changes to it abortion laws.
The letter states that scientifically and ethically it is clear that new human life begins at conception. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it says, all require that governments protect the right to life in comprehensive terms. It claims that additionally, the European Court of Human Rights has found that there is no “right” to abortion under the European Convention on Human Rights. And, In the domestic law, the right to life has been enshrined in successive Gibraltar Constitutions (in 1969 and 2006).
The letter goes on to say the unborn child is a member of the human family, and that their rights must be protected. Unfortunately, it says, the legislation proposed by the Government would mean that longstanding Constitutional rights in Gibraltar law will be seriously undermined and leave one of the most vulnerable groups in society, the unborn child, without sufficient protection.
The signatories say they implore the Government not to proceed with this proposal to remove legal protection from the unborn child, but instead work toward the protection of both mothers and their children and to continue to courageously uphold the most fundamental of all rights, which is the the right to life.