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Manifesto  2019

UK General Election 2019 and Pro-Life Issues

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Family Life International

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The Conservative and Unionist Party Manifesto 2019,

“Get Brexit Done – Unleash Britain’s Potential,” appears to contain nothing relevant to ‘pro-life’ subjects. It does contain the following two brief items which show support simultaneously for what may be called ‘diverse groups’ – 

 

p. 20: “We will protect people from physical attack or harassment whether for their sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or disability, and expand funding for and protect places of worship. We will vigorously combat harassment and violence against all religious groups, and against LGBT people.”

p.53: “We will support marginalised communities in the developing world, hosting the UK government’s first ever international LGBT conference.”

 

The Green Party Manifesto 2019,

 “If Not Now, When?” contains the following:

green

p.60: “Tackling discrimination…

Our Green plan to transform society and end discrimination will:…

[p.62]>Extend the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights to give women in all EU countries access to legal, safe and affordable abortion services.

[p.63]>Increase funding for areas of the NHS heavily relied on by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Asexual (LGBTIQA+) people, including trans healthcare, gender identity clinics, HIV treatment and mental health provision.

>Properly fund training to support the delivery of comprehensive, age-appropriate Personal Health and Sexual Education (PHSE) lessons in schools covering all aspects of sex and relationships, with a focus on consent.

>End the opt-out of LGBTIQA+ Inclusive PHSE classes at school to ensure that every child learns about different types of couples and families that make up UK society.

>Remove the spousal veto so that married trans people can acquire their gender recognition certificate without having to obtain permission from their spouse. We will also change the law so an X gender marker can be added to passports for non-binary and intersex people who wish to use it, and update the Gender Recognition Act to allow trans youth and non-binary people to get legal recognition through self-declaration.”

 

The Labour Party Manifesto 2019,

“It’s Time for Real Change,” contains the following:

Labour

p.48: “We will uphold women’s reproductive rights and decriminalise abortions.”

 

p.68: “Labour has a proud history of standing shoulder to shoulder with LGBT+ people. We abolished Section 28, equalised the age of consent, created civil partnerships, and only with Labour votes could equal marriage become law. Labour is committed to reforming the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to introduce self-declaration for transgender people, but we are not [p.69]complacent about the culture shift required to make LGBT+ inclusivity a reality. The Conservatives have been slow to understand the scale of abuse and discrimination LGBT+ people continue to face in our society.Labour will eliminate remaining areas of discrimination in law, ensuring that LGBT+ people can live in safety and dignity. 

We will: 

   Put LGBT+ equality at the heart of government, ensuring our public services are LGBT+ inclusive and delivering on the national LGBT Action Plan.

  Take steps to safeguard LGBT+ rights inside or outside the EU, such as retaining and promoting the Human Rights Act.

  Tackle the homelessness and rough sleeping crisis in the UK, ensuring that all strategies and services are tailored to understand needs unique to LGBT+ homeless people, particularly young people who make up a disproportionate number of our currently homeless people.

   Provide sufficient funding for schools to deliver mandatory LGBT+ inclusive relationships and sex education.

   Fully fund sexual health services and roll out PrEP medication.

   Respond fast and firmly wherever LGBT+ people face violence or persecution internationally and appoint a dedicated global ambassador to the Foreign Office on LGBT+ issues.”

 

The Liberal Democrat Party Manifesto 2019,

“Stop Brexit – Build a Brighter Future,” contains the following:

 

Liberal7.4 – “Help to Stay Healthy

…We believe that everyone has a right to make independent decisions over their reproductive health without interference by the state, and that access to reproductive healthcare is a human right.We will:

 

Decriminalise abortion across the UK while retaining the existing 24-week limit and legislate for access to abortion facilities within Northern Ireland.

 

Enforce safe zones around abortion clinics, make intimidation or harassment of abortion service users and staff outside clinics, or oncommon transport routes to these services, illegal.

 

Fund abortion clinics to provide their services free of charge to service users regardless of nationality or residency.”

 

9.1 –“Protect Civil Liberties

 

… We will:…Complete the introduction of equal marriage, by:

 

 -   Removing the spousal veto.

 

-   Allowing those marriages that were dissolved solely due to the Gender Recognition

process to be retrospectively restored.

 

 -   Enabling the Church of England and Church in Wales to conduct same-sex marriages.

 

Introduce legal recognition of humanist marriages.

 

9.2 –“Demand Equality

… We will:..

 

Complete reform of the Gender Recognition Act to remove the requirement for medical reports, scrap the fee and recognise non-binary gender identities.

 

Introduce an ‘X’ gender option on passports and extend equality law to cover gender identity and expression.

 

Ensure accurate population data on sexual orientation and gender identity by including a question on LGBT+ status within the 2021 Census.”

 

The Plaid Cymru Manifesto 2019,

cymru“Wales, it’s us,” appears to contain nothing relevant to ‘pro-life’ subjects, but does contain the following:

 

p.77: “We believe that LGBTQI+ voices and experiences need to be heard and affirmed. Having secured recurrent funding for the Gender Identity Clinic, Plaid Cymru will work to improve the provision and ensure timely access to the service. Schools in Wales will be required to keep a register of bullying incidents related to sexuality, to take action where

necessary and to involve students in anti-bullying initiatives. We will promote LGBT participation in sport, as part of broader efforts towards healthier lifestyles, and work with clubs and organisations to reduce homophobic, transphobic and sexist behaviour.

… Plaid Cymru will support the reform of the Gender Recognition Act to introduce a streamlined, de-medicalised process. We will support efforts to reform the Equality Act to include ‘gender identity’ as a protected characteristic and to remove the use of the terms ‘gender reassignment’and ‘transsexual’ from the Act.”

 

BrexitThe Brexit Party

Does not have anything entitled as a ‘Manifesto,’ but has issued something which it describes as a “Contract with the People.” That does not mention ‘pro-life’ subjects or any of the various forms of sexual deviance which receive such benign signals from other Parties.  

 

 

 

 

The Scottish National Party Manifesto,

SNP“Stronger for Scotland,” appears to contain no mention of ‘pro-life’ subjects or various forms of sexual deviance.

The Party’s web-site gives details of policies on a wide range of subjects, among which are the following:

“Equality & Human Rights

What action will the SNP to improve trans and intersex equality?

Our same-sex marriage legislation is seen by many as one of the most progressive equal marriage laws in the world because of the provisions on gender identity and gender reassignment equality. We must now build on this to do more to progress equality for trans people. We have committed to reviewing and reforming gender recognition.

We have committed to reviewing and reforming gender recognition law, so that it’s in line with international best practice for people who are Transgender or Intersex. As such, we launched a consultation on new legislation to streamline – and make less intrusive – the process for transgender people to be legally recognised in their acquired gender.

The consultation is now closed. There were over 15,500 responses to the consultation which have been independently analysed and will now be considered along with the other available evidence to help inform the Government’s decisions on taking the review further. We aim to take action in response to the consultation shortly afterwards, with new arrangements in place by 2020.

At Westminster, SNP MPs will also press the UK government to match the Scottish Government’s commitment to legislation within this parliament. In addition to reforming gender recognition law, SNP MPs will push the UK government to allow non-binary people to record their gender as “X” on passports and all other UK-wide records and identity documents.

SNP MPs at Westminster are also calling on the UK government to amend the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that all trans and non-binary people are covered by discrimination protections. We will also press for intersex people and organisations to be fully consulted by the UK government on changes to the law and policy to introduce effective protections for intersex people’s human rights.

The SNP Scottish Government will also build on and improve the standalone protocol that’s been developed in Scotland for people seeking gender reassignment, which has provided a clearer and consistent treatment pathway that is equitable, effective, and patient-focussed.”

 

The Alliance Party Manifesto 2019,

Alliance “Demand Better,” contains no specific references to ‘pro-life’ subjects or various forms of sexual deviance.

 

At the time when this guide was compiled, Manifestos from the Democratic Unionist Party and from Sinn Fein were awaited. Although Sinn Fein take part in elections to the House of Commons, any candidates who are elected do not participate in its proceedings, so perhaps no useful purpose would be served by producing a Manifesto.