A bpas spokesperson said,
“We are shocked that the Conservative Party has decided to appoint as their Vice-Chair for Women an MP who supports the criminalisation of women who end their own pregnancies.
“Just last year, Caulfield led the parliamentary opposition to a bill which would have decriminalised abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. This bill, which despite passing was unable to progress further due to the snap election, sought to protect women who in the most desperate of circumstances use medication purchased online to end a pregnancy. That the new Conservative Vice-Chair for Women believes that these women should face up to life imprisonment is appalling.
“Maria Caulfield has stated that she wants to be a 'voice for the unborn child'. It is profoundly disappointing that the Conservative Party did not think that a better choice for Vice Chair for Women would be someone willing and able to speak up for the one in three women who will have an abortion in their lifetime.”
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Notes to Editors:
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.