One of our major concerns following the announcement of the suspesion of Parliment From Monday, 9 September till 14 October is what will become of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill.
By making divorce quicker and easier in England and Wales it will promote family breakdown, increasing personal heartbreak and societal crisis. The Divorce Bill will mean more children living without a mum or a dad.
We know that marriage is best for children and adults, as study after study shows. Yet this Bill would allow one spouse to walk away from the other without giving any reason in as little as six months. It strips away any sense of legal stability in marriage.
So far, the Bill has received very little scrutiny, either in Parliament or the media. Attention is elsewhere. The last administration scheduled the key debate when it was known the Bill’s opponents couldn’t attend.
The sponsor of the Bill was David Gauke, the then Justice Secretary. His policies do not have to be followed by the new Government. His proposal to consult on legalising euthanasia seems to have been dropped. We give thanks to God for that.
With the parliamentary session ending very soon, there’s a risk the parties could collude to bypass the normal legislative process and rush the Bill onto the statute books. We must pray that this does not happen. Pray that the Bill will be dropped by the new administration. Permanently.
(The Christian Institute 31 Aug 2019)
02 Sep 2019