Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act 1967. Since then over nine and a half million pre born babies’ lives have been deliberately ended.
This legalised slaughter in the womb of so many is a national tragedy. A tragedy of staggering proportions: One in four pregnancies now end in abortion with one in five women having at least one abortion and many having multiple abortions. In the UK, a child is aborted every three minutes and last year, abortions in Scotland reached their highest number for a decade. In the UK babies that have a disability can be aborted right up to birth and this includes cleft lip and downs syndrome. Abortion is a genocide and a public health emergency.
Despite all this, sadly the general direction in policy has been towards further liberalisation of the law on abortion. The Covid crisis has been used to bring in at-home DIY abortions after a double U-turn from the government resulting in many thousands more children being slaughtered in the womb. Abortion providers have been caught sending lethal pills to women without any real consultation and at least two abortions have been carried out after the legal timeframe for an abortion. Yet the government seem set to make at home abortions a permanent feature. There is, it would seem never something so permanent as a temporary government scheme.
There was a small victory earlier this year when abortion campaigners were thwarted in their attempt to highjack the Domestic Abuse Bill in Parliament to bring in sweeping changes to abortion legislation. One amendment was not selected as it was deemed not relevant to the bill and another was voted down after MPs agreed such a substantial change in law should not be rushed through as an amendment without full consideration of it. This victory showed that it is possible to push back on the agenda to slaughter the unborn, but this was a small and single victory among many other losses in recent years.
Life is a gift from God and we are created in God’s image. The devil hates life and so he does everything he can to stop and destroy it. The battle over abortion is literally the battle for life. It is about what value, if any we as a society place on life and because of that it is no surprise that it is an area of intense spiritual battle.
If the tragedy of over 9.5 million babies deliberately killed in the womb is not bad enough, the silence of the much of the church on the issue is a disgrace. Pastors are afraid to preach for fear of being labelled extremists or being insensitive to members of their congregation who may have had an abortion. If there is silence in the pulpit how can we expect the young women in the church to carry their child to full term? If we do not teach about the importance and role of fathers, how can we expect young men in the church to take responsibility for the lives of babies they play a part in making?
On current trajectories, this year will see a record number of abortions in the UK, but it does not have to be that way.
We have a responsibility to stand up, speak out and defend life. You can follow the work of the Centre for Bioethical Reform and join one of their public education displays to help show the truth of what abortion is. You can read and share the stories of men and women with first hand experiences of abortion over at Her Truth. You can meet with your church leaders to find out why they don’t teach about abortion and encourage them to do so.
Life is fragile. We need to protect it. If we fail to value life at its start we wont value it at the end, or even at all. Abortion can be ended, we can change attitudes. We need to refuse to remain silent, we must take a stand by supporting all life from its start all the way through to the end.
It is time for the church to come out of its slumber. It is time to realise and recognise the urgency of the national emergency that abortion is. We need to take responsibility for failures in defending life and determine that from this day forward we will fervently defend all life, all the time and never cease to campaign for an end to abortion until we see the day when it is made illegal to end the life of the unborn child.