Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 3 March 2015

Lily in Twitter pro-abortion rant

Lily Allen has defended women's rights to have an abortion
Lily Allen has defended women's rights to have an abortion

Lily Allen has launched a Twitter rant backing a woman's right to abortion - and hinted that she could tackle the issue of motherhood in song.

The Smile singer, 27, who gave birth to daughter Ethel last year and is expecting her second child with property developer husband Sam Cooper, urged "small-minded idiot blokes" to "stop telling women whether or not they're entitled to abortions".

Speculation that the abortion time limit might be cut was sparked by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said he would like to see a ban on terminations more than 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

The star, who announced she was retiring from music after the release of It's Not Me, It's You, in 2009, wrote: "The day the number of single father households equal the number of single mother households is the day I start to listen to their views."

She added: "Babies are lovely but quite hard work ... Sometimes there are lovely dads who take their responsibilities very seriously and work very hard to look after their babies. These men should be applauded.

"But sometimes, quite often, when the baby cries a lot the man gets frustrated and leaves the baby and the lady that had the baby."

Lily, who has changed her professional name to Lily Rose Cooper, said: "He sticks his fingers in his ears and pretends that the baby isn't really there, he stops answering his phone when the lady calls.

"The lady gets very sad and feels very alone and angry and even though she loves her baby more than anything ... she wonders what her life might have been like if she had never had the baby in the first place ... This is one of the many reasons I believe a woman should have a right to choose."

She later tweeted in response to a question about her music: "Those were the lyrics from the first single, excited?"

Later, TV presenter and mother-of-two Myleene Klass, who separated from husband Graham Quinn, weighed in, writing: "Those condemning @lilyrosecooper have looser tongues than morals."

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