Steps to decriminalize abortion condemned by pro-lifers
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The Catholic Church and life campaigners have attempted to decriminalize abortion in the UK based on the House Abuse Act passed by Parliament.
One amendment is intended to repeal sections 58 and 59 of the 1861 Personnel Violations Act, which seeks to remove abortion from criminal law, while another amendment proposes to legally allow abortions at home for victims of domestic abuse do.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Babies (SPUC) encourages supporters to contact their MPs to raise concerns about the changes before the July 6 reporting phase of the bill.
Antonia Tully, SPUC campaign manager, said: "It is scandalous that a bill to protect women from domestic violence is being ramped up to decriminalize abortion. Abortion is a form of domestic violence. Many women are forced to have their hands abortion of abusive men. "
She added, "These changes are completely toxic. If delivered unborn, children have no criminal protection and dangerous abortions at home are more likely to threaten women at risk from forced abortions."
Bishop John Sherrington, the leading Catholic bishop for life, has also condemned the move.
"This is portrayed as a decriminalizing abortion, but it would do much more if it were done," he said.
"It would, for some reason, lead to the introduction of an on-call abortion until a 28-week-old child can be born alive.
"It would leave Britain with the most extreme abortion legislation in Europe, where the abortion period in almost all countries is 12 weeks.
"The majority of our fellow citizens want the current 24-week limit to be reduced and not increased."
He continued to raise concerns about conscientious objection when he asked Pro-Lifers to contact their MPs.
"This change would also result in the deletion of the clauses of the 1967 Abortion Act, which would allow physicians to conscientiously object to conscientious objection to abortion," he said.
"It would also remove the legal safeguards that are currently protecting women and children.
"It is not too late to act. I ask people to write to their MPs and urge them to oppose these amendments that would liberalize abortion."
For more information about writing to your MP, see https://righttolife.org.uk/StopExtremeAbortion/.