Ending abortion became a little more of a reality, as 55 people from around the country and abroad joined together in London for the Clarkson Academy.
Organisers from the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) UK and Christian Concern were pleased with the feedback from delegates.
Andrew Stephenson from CBR UK, who runs the public education project Abort67, said, ‘The aim of the Academy was to move away from languishing over the problem of abortion and encourage people that this is a winnable battle’.
Those attending learned that the history of social reform for such as the slave trade and child labour teaches us important universal principles about ending injustice.
Mr Stephenson added: ‘We don’t have to protest abortion; abortion protests itself every time we hold an aborted baby picture. Given enough exposure it will become unbearable to live with’.
Pro-life expert Gregg Cunningham told delegates, who watched a video of a live abortion, that the church was ‘absolutely sound asleep’ and thus failing to act to save thousands of unborn babies. He said, ‘Babies whose lives could be saved are being tortured to death because we’re not willing to be disruptive’.
Mr Cunningham, a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, said that Christians who were confused about abortion were confused about the gospel.
Meanwhile Labour’s Shadow Attorney General, Emily Thornberry MP, has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions calling for an ‘urgent review’ of the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to prosecute two doctors who organised illegal sex-selective abortions.
The CPS said that even though it found enough evidence against the doctors for ‘a realistic prospect of conviction’, prosecution would not be in the ‘public interest’, as the cases could be brought before the General Medical Council.
Paul Tully, from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said, ‘Prosecuting the doctors responsible is not the most important matter. Stopping the organisations that countenance this kind of practice, such as the abortion clinics and the Department of Health’s sexual health team, is much more important. These are the bodies that Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, should seek to clamp down upon’.