But Coffey has already made clear that she does not intend to change the law relating to abortion.
Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday, she said, “I’m not seeking to undo any aspects of abortion law” on the grounds that she was “a complete democrat” and Parliament had already voted on different aspects of abortion law.
Coffey has previously said that she would “prefer that people didn’t have abortions but I am not going to condemn people that do.”
Therese Coffey previously served as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2019 to 2022 and has long described herself as a practicing Catholic.
She has voted against same-sex marriage legislation, the liberalization of abortion laws, and she described voting against assisted suicide in 2015 as one of her “proudest days” as an MP, in an interview with Conservative Home in March 2021.
In the same interview, when asked whether it was now more difficult to be a Catholic in politics, she said she wasn’t sure but…