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November 2017
News > Ethics

The Christian Institute comments on a shameful anniversary

On 27 October 1967, the Abortion Act was passed by Parliament. For 50 years, it has been legal in England, Wales and Scotland to kill an unborn child in the womb. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) was formed in 1966 to campaign against the Act, followed by LIFE in 1970. A few individual evangelicals joined these groups, but evangelicals, generally speaking, were silent. Why? In 1989, the respected Reformed leader, Geoff Thomas, then pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, said: ‘In 1973 I preached a sermon on abortion … six years after the Abortion Bill had become law. Why had...

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November 2017
News > Ethics

Christian Concern comments on the grim realities of abortion

27 October 2017 marks 50 years since abortion in certain circumstances became legal according to British law. While the Abortion Act (1967) currently only allows abortions when the mother or child’s physical or mental health is at risk of permanent damage, the law is rarely honoured, even in its flawed current form, and reports of malpractice in this regard are common. It is important that church leaders and the Christians that make up the membership of local churches equip themselves with the facts surrounding abortion. Christian Concern (CC) desires to facilitate this process and is involved in providing resources and opportunities that aid Christians in...

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November 2017
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

50 years of shame

Anniversaries are how we mark out our history. Some are welcome, others are not; some are humdrum, others are special. This year, two are extra special: a 500th and a 50th. Both changed our world. The first ushered in the wonderful gospel freedoms of the Protestant Reformation. The second is the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act, which ushered in the hideous practice of legally killing unborn children in England, Scotland and Wales. The story of the Augustinian friar has been retold many times; the slaughter of the defenceless pre-born is a more veiled story. The history of UK abortion law is long but simple....

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November 2017
News > Ethics

Action against abortion continues

In 1967 — 50 years ago — the UK Abortion Act was passed by Parliament. It was passed in October 1967 and came into effect in April 1968. Since then, although some are pushing for even more liberal legislation, increasing numbers of ordinary people are calling for a radical reversal. Since 1967, according to UK statistics, well over 8 million unborn lives have been lost. The vast majority — 98 per cent — have been ‘lifestyle’ abortions by women unready or unwilling to carry a child to term, rather than (as posited by those first clamouring for abortion law reform) by women who have experienced...

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October 2017
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Ethics – Marie Stopes squalor

Around eleven women have had to be taken to hospital from Marie Stopes abortion clinics over the past three months, it has emerged. Of these, one needed surgery to repair her cervix, two received blood transfusions and another had a bacterial infection. Marie Stopes has already come under fire for a number of health and safety violations, discovered last year by the Care Quality Commission. The abortion provider carries out 70,000 abortions a year, about a third of England’s total — a figure which itself is an indictment against the Abortion Act, which came into force in October 1967. According to a report from The...

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September 2017
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Ethics – Abortion case fees

Pro-life campaigner Aisling Hubert has had a claim filed with the European Court of Human Rights against the prohibitive costs she suffered, as a result of her private prosecution. As mentioned in previous editions of Evangelical Times, Miss Hubert launched a private prosecution against two doctors who had verbally agreed to perform ‘gender-abortions’, in breach of the Abortion Act 1967. The admissions were made on video during a Daily Telegraph undercover report about ‘gender-abortion’ in the United Kingdom, in 2012. But while the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) admitted that evidence did exist to bring a case against the two doctors, it decided it was not...

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September 2017
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Ethics – Dangerous agenda

The government must not press ahead with its plans on transsexualism, according to a gay man who acted as speech writer to a cabinet minister. Graeme Archer, writing for Conservative home, said making it easier for people to change their biological sex would endanger young people. In his article, he criticised moves by Equalities Minister Justine Greening, who said she would review the Gender Recognition Act to make it easier for transsexual people to change sex legally. However, Mr Archer, who is a medical statistician, warned: ‘If you can define your own gender and insist it supersedes your biological sex, you can surely self-define all...

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September 2017
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Ethics – People trafficking

More than 45.8m people globally are being exploited in modern day forms of slavery, in 167 countries across the world, latest figures have warned. Recent statistics from the National Crime Agency (NCA) show the number of people found in situations of possible exploitation is increasing. However, the 3,805 people referred to the NCA in 2016 is still far fewer than the estimated 10,000-13,000 people actually trapped in the horrific cycle of modern day slavery in the UK. A new Private Members Bill has been proposed by Christian Peer Lord McColl of Dulwich, to guarantee victims will be given support for this longer period. The bill...

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