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Stella Creasy accuses DUP of dehumanising her in policy paper

The Labour candidate claimed the reference to her could encourage anti-abortion campaigners to target her for abuse.

Stella Creasy accused Arlene Foster of trying to scare women in Northern Ireland (Yui Mok/PA)
Stella Creasy accused Arlene Foster of trying to scare women in Northern Ireland (Yui Mok/PA)

By David Young, PA

Labour’s Stella Creasy has accused the DUP of dehumanising her and making her a target for abuse.

Ms Creasy criticised leader Arlene Foster after a DUP policy document published on Tuesday called her “Creasy”, without a prefix, in reference to her role in decriminalising abortion in Northern Ireland.

The Labour candidate, who accused Ms Foster of trying to scare women in the region, was at the forefront of legislative moves at Westminster that led to the landmark law change.

When the 19th-century laws were repealed last month, the Government assumed responsibility for introducing abortion services in Northern Ireland by the end of March 2020.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster at the launch of the policy plan that referenced Stella Creasy’s role in the decriminalisation of abortion (Liam McBurney/PA)

The DUP has vowed to explore all legal options in a bid to prevent abortion becoming widely available in the region.

The party referenced the incumbent Labour MP as it reiterated its anti-abortion stance in its 12 point policy plan.

“The dangerous vacuum of law and guidance created by Creasy needs fixed,” it stated.

In response, Ms Creasy, who is pregnant and has been the target of abuse by anti-abortion campaigners, tweeted: “‘Creasy’? I’m a real person @DUPleader but you seem to want to actively encourage people to abuse me by dehumanising me in this way.

“FWIW (for what it’s worth) there’s no dangerous ‘vacuum’ of law. Only a political party leader who is trying to scare women in Northern Ireland in a bid for votes.”

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