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Truth Speaks To Power

Author: Lord David Alton

Picture: American Life League, Flickr

Truth Speaks To Power

As Parliament considers buffer zones for pro-life groups like Good Counsel Network, Lord David Alton speaks about the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act-and 8 Million lives ended.

The Abortion Act 1967 came into effect on 27 April 1968.

Since then, 8,894,355 abortions have been carried out, and at least that number of unborn children have lost their lives.

8,894,355. That is a monstrous figure.

To put that in context, the Second World War, the country’s worst and most bloody conflict, claimed 450,290 British lives. Abortion has caused more human destruction in the UK than Nazi Germany.

This everyday violence is visited on the most innocent and most vulnerable members of our society: children in the womb.

It is an undeniable biological fact that, from the time a human sperm fertilises a human ovum, a new human being begins to exist.

What abortion involves is not a mere removal of ‘potential life’, or a ‘blob of cells’, but a wilful killing of the smallest and most helpless member of the human family in the very place she should be safest: her mother’s womb.

In some cases of later abortion, in order to prevent the baby being born alive, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends that surgeons inject a salt solution into the baby’s heart to cause her a fatal heart attack. This also softens her bone tissue, making it easier to dismember her body.

Civilisation and Compassion?

This savagery actually takes place in Great Britain in 2017, when we pride ourselves on our humanity, our civilisation and our compassion.

We are told this callous killing is justified and this is about a woman’s ‘right to choose’.

We know that our autonomy is limited by the effect it has on others. The ‘choice’ to not be a mother no more justifies the killing of a child in the womb than it justifies leaving a baby outside the womb to die of exposure.

We all have the duty to make sure every member of our society is properly cared for, and that every member of the human family is given adequate legal protection.

The humanity of the unborn child, the barbarity of abortion, and the shallowness of pro-abortion rhetoric, is obvious to those who choose to inform themselves.

We mark today the greatest shame of our nation. The fact that we neuter the protections in our laws for our tiniest countrymen and countrywomen is a horror and disgrace on a massive scale.

Abortion On Demand

Even this, for some, is not enough.

The leaders of several Royal Colleges, the BMA, and a significant proportion of Parliamentary members, favour removing what few protections remain in our laws, through so-called ‘decriminalisation’.

This would mean abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth.

It would be easy to lose hope in light of this massive scandal. But we may not.

It is our role to stand for every silenced voice.

That is why those of us who stand here today are present, together. We are not going to stop working, and educating, and campaigning, and fighting, till we live in a society where the humanity, dignity, and rights of every member of our nation are together recognised.

The Next Generation

To the next generation, I say:

I don’t want you to be standing here in another 50 years lamenting another 8 million lives lost. The torch of compassion and human progress is now passing to you.

We must work to end this killing in your lifetime.

Let us rededicate ourselves to making sure that, by the time the centennial commemoration of the Abortion Act is marked, our society will be one in which human equality and dignity is so fully respected and protected, that the violence of abortion will be consigned to the dustbin of our history.

As truth speaks to power today, may our current and future efforts secure a Britain in which those who succeed us can celebrate the ultimate and glorious triumph of human life.

Here is an interview about the anniversary:

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