“I would offer to members who are trying to talk me down that this is a proper topic for political debate.
“And my point to the frontbench is I don’t understand why we are lecturing the United States on a judgment to return the power of decision over this political question to the states, to democratic decision-makers, rather than leaving it in the hands of the courts.”
Last week, Mr Kruger was among 61 Conservative MPs who voted against an amendment which will allow the Government to extend abortion access in Northern Ireland by directly commissioning services.
Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstowtold Mr Kruger abortion was “fundamentally for many of us a human rights issue” and encouraged further steps to ensure women in other parts of the UK had “their constitutional right” to an abortion protected.
Amanda Milling, a Foreign Office minister, echoed Boris Johnson’s view that last week’s Supreme Court ruling had marked a “big step backwards”.
“The UK’s position is that women and girls in the UK should have the right to access essential health services, including those relating to sexual and reproductive health, which includes safe abortion care.”