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MP who ensured free abortions for Northern Ireland women receives death threat telling her 'hopefully she will die like Jo Cox'

By Chloe Farand

A Labour MP who secured free abortions in England for women from Northern Ireland has received a death threat from an alleged anti-abortion activist telling her one day she will die like Jo Cox.

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy tweeted a picture of the handwritten note sent from an address in London, which claimed she will “burn in hell” for the “murder of small babies”.

Ms Creasy tabled an amendment to the Queen’s Speech to allow Northern Irish women access to NHS-funded abortions in Great Britain. Following the proposed amendment, the Government announced the policy change permitting this.

The climbdown came after Ms Creasy’s amendment received widespread support from across the House of Commons.

If it had passed, it would have forced the DUP into choosing between reneging on its deal to support the Conservative Government or supporting the liberalisation of abortion availability.

But DUP MP Ian Paisley has said that “the rights of the unborn child trump any political agreement that has been put in place”.

The Government headed the crisis off at the pass by swiftly offering to pay for NHS abortions in England for Northern Irish women.

This was shortly followed by similar decisions from the Scottish Government and the Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland in all but exceptional circumstances, even in cases of rape and incest.

Many hundreds of women are thought to travel across the Irish Sea each year to undergo the procedure in Great Britain – where they are presented with a bill from the health service.

In the letter to Ms Creasy, the anti-abortion campaigner said: “Stella Creasy, you are a murder(er) of small babies. You will all burn in hell for this awful sin. One day hopefully you will join that woman Cox.”

Jo Cox, the MP for Bately and Spen and a mother-of-two, was stabbed and shot by a far right extremist in her constituency last year.

Thousands of people commemorated the first anniversary of her death on July 16 by holding events all across the country. A plaque with the motto “more in common” was erected by her children in the House of Commons last month.

Responding to the tweet, Ms Creasy said: “Pro-lifer sends me hate mail about how I should die like my friend Jo Cox? No, that’s just #notcricket.”

Yesterday, Marie Stopes UK, a major abortion provider, said it was already in discussion with the Government over providing free abortions for women here.

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