SNP MP Lisa Cameron said she fears she will be deselected by the party after she voted against the legalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.

Cameron, who represents East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, said she had been subject to “vitriolic attacks” over her stance on the vote.

The “pro-life” MP claimed she has raised concerns about the abuse with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – but has not yet received any response from the SNP leader.

Cameron and her party colleague, Peter Grant, both voted against lifting the ban on abortion in Northern Ireland when the issue was vote on by parliamentarians in the House of Commons this week.

The matter was a free vote, for individuals to decide how to vote in line with their own conscience, but Sturgeon had made clear that if she was in Westminster she would vote in favour of “women’s right to choose”.

Cameron, a consultant clinical psychologist who says her anti-abortion stance is due in part to having suffered two miscarriages, now fears she will be prevented from standing again for the seat, which she first won in 2015.

She said: “It was a free vote, a conscience vote. I didn’t rebel or vote against the party whip.

“And yet now it’s virtually certain that abusive party activists will make sure I’m deselected and lose the job I love.”

The MP added: “The attacks on me have been nothing less than vitriolic. One individual threatened to come over and ‘abort me’.

“I tagged this to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to let her see what was being written.

“But I am sad to say that I have as yet received no response. I hope I will receive support from the party hierarchy soon.

“I’m getting all this abuse but no-one in the party will call out the abusers. In a few short days my life has been turned on its head and it looks like I will be ousted. The situation is very serious.”

Cameron said she fears it may “now incompatible to hold pro-life views and be an SNP MP, candidate, to pass vetting or be elected in any capacity” – adding that this would make her position “untenable”.

She added: “I am being told by local officials that voting according to my conscience on a free vote means I have no place being elected in the SNP.

“I find this outrageous but I have to say it is also extremely sad for Scotland.”

Cameron said her office had received more than 900 messages over the issue, including “abuse” and “cyber bullying”.

She has also written to SNP MP Patrick Grady, who is the party’s chief whip at Westminster.

He confirmed to Cameron that “a free vote was in place in order that Members could vote with their conscience, and that the reason conscience votes exist is for areas where there can’t be a defined party policy”.

An SNP spokesman said that no candidates would be rejected for selection on the basis of “religious views”.

“As has been longstanding practice in the SNP votes on this issue are conscience votes for elected members, meaning it is entirely up to the individual member how they vote,” they said.

“No-one is failed at assessment because of their religious views. Ordinary party members may disagree with the actions of a parliamentarian, but they should do so respectfully.”