NEWS: Pro-lifers make PR plans in election run-up

Anti-abortion campaigners are considering recruiting a PR agency to support plans to field up to 200 pro-life candidates at the general election.

Anti-abortion campaigners are considering recruiting a PR agency to

support plans to field up to 200 pro-life candidates at the general

election.



The news comes days after the Family Life Campaign announced it intended

to run pro-life candidates in constituencies where sitting MPs, or

candidates, were not strongly opposed to abortion.



Peter Garrett, research director of Life, which has links with the FLC,

said a PR agency was likely to be appointed if the number of fielded

candidates reached 200. He said the total would be announced next week

at a London press conference.



Garrett said any selected agency would have to be in step with pro-life

thinking.



‘We try to check the ethical standpoints of all those who provide us

with services and we would certainly look at the ethics of the PR

agency,’ he stressed.



Garrett mooted that a possible campaign slogan, aimed at highlighting

the pro-choice tendencies of opponents, could be: ‘Don’t vote for us: do

something for the unborn child.’



The FLC’s plans to field candidates comes a week after Cardinal Thomas

Winning, Catholic Church leader in Scotland, criticised Labour leader

Tony Blair for ‘washing his hands’ of the abortion debate.



Earlier Blair, who is likely to face a pro-life candidate in his own

Sedgefield constituency, had urged that abortion should not be turned

into a party political issue.



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