Lib Dem leader reverses stance on abortion

What happened?

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, who is a Christian, found himself in an awkward moral position for a second time, following his earlier grilling on whether gay sex is a sin.

In a 2007 interview in the Salvation Army’s War Cry magazine, he said he believed abortion was wrong: “Personally I wish I could argue it away,” he said.

Now, as party leader, he says: “I am pro-choice. I believe that abortion should be safe and legal and that the limit should be set by science.”

What the British media are saying

Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail expressed disappointment in Farron. With his trademark acerbity he wrote: “Selling his soul may be precisely what it feels like to the Liberal Democrats’ pink-faced young leader. This is his first general election in charge and, poor man, he is making a hash of it.”

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