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Bishops: Abortion law erodes sense of life as something sacred

Catholics must strive to help British society rediscover the value and inviolability of human life after 50 years of legal abortion, the bishops have said.

In a joint statement issued to mark today’s 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, the bishops of England, Wales and Scotland have warned Catholics and others that Britain is in danger of losing the sense of human life as sacred.

‘Against the cultural trend that often sees abortion as being about ‘the right to an obvious and free choice’ there is an urgent need to teach about the inviolability of human life, from conception to its natural end, and to help everyone appreciate the value of every human life without exception,’ they said in their statement.

‘The challenge that faces our society today is to recover an understanding of the immeasurable good of each unborn child and to value his or her life with ever greater respect,’ they said.

The statement was signed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.

Picture: Pro-life campaigners from The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) hold aloft placards outside the Houses of Parliament in this April 2000 archive photo. On 29th April 2000 protesters were forming human chains in 84 cities and towns across the UK to protest against the Abortion Act. (Stefan Rousseau/PA).