The recent decision of the US Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion ruling has sent shock waves around the world. Many celebrities, news commentators, and politicians have complained that ‘women’s rights’ are under attack.
Some pro-abortion MPs have demanded that abortion be made a human right in the UK. President Biden has accused pro-life supporters of following an extreme ideology. However, in reality it is the pro-abortion position which is an extreme ideology because no one has the right to end the life of an unborn child.
Statistics on abortion in the UK make grim reading. Over the last 55 years there have been more than nine million abortions. Approximately 50% of women over 30 years of age have had an abortion. Now one in four pregnancies ends in abortion. Like the Holocaust, this represents killing on an industrial scale and, significantly, it is killing supported by the state.
The church has a duty to defend the rights of the unborn. However, it is important to campaign wisely and sensitively. The media will quickly highlight examples of pro-life campaigners being heavy-handed, such as being too forceful at abortion clinics, in order to give the impression that women are being intimidated in an uncompassionate way.