Creationism, LGBT discrimination and blocking abortion: Just what exactly do the DUP stand for?
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When Theresa May called an election she hoped to increase the Conservative majority, not see it reduced. Now if she wishes to form a government she must make up the numbers by creating a coalition, or an alliance of sorts, with at least one other party. The party she's chosen is the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Since this news was announced on Friday, people all over the UK have been asking questions about what this small party from Northern Ireland is all about. What do they stand for? What are their values and their views? It'll probably be easier to explain what they don't stand for. They don't stand for reducing or tackling climate change. No mention of climate change was made in their manifesto, and they previously appointed a climate change denier as their Environment Secretary. They don't stand for women being allowed autonomy of their own bodies. The DUP are staunch opponents of abortion and maintain it should be banned. They have blocked all attempts at extending the law in Northern Ireland which would allow women who become pregnant through rape to have an abortion. Women in Northern Ireland who have abortions can be sent to prison, and the sentence for a person carrying out 'unlawful' abortions is life in prison. Just this year a woman was prosecuted for taking abortion pills after she was reported to police by her GP.
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