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Let’s hope the election kills this pro-death Bill


THE forthcoming General Election means that several pieces of legislation may fall, not least the government’s Criminal Justice Bill to which amendments have been attached which would have disastrous effects on society: the decriminalisation of abortion, bringing the possible decriminalisation of infanticide in its wake. 

It is an iron law of human nature that whenever we make something easier we tend to see more of it, and it could easily have been predicted when Boris Johnson’s administration allowed abortion pills to be prescribed over the phone during the covid pandemic that there would be a surge in abortions. This has indeed come to pass: the long-delayed figures for 2022 show the highest number of abortions ever recorded in England and Wales at 252,122, an increase of 37,253 (17.34 per cent) from 2021.

This massive increase is shocking, and it is no surprise that the Department of Health and Social Care – the name begins to sound positively Orwellian – took so long to release the announcement.

Doctors have been warning of the disastrous outcomes of the pills-by-post system for women’s health, while vulnerable women have faced coercion. 

Public opinion has shown consistent support for more restrictions on abortion, not fewer, but will the latest death toll make a difference? Each one is of course a tragedy, but as Stalin observed, ‘The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.’ So are the more than ten million unborn lives lost since 1967. 

Sometimes things have to get much worse before they get better, before people prioritise what has up until now been seen as a side issue, albeit with an agenda relentlessly driven by abortion advocates. For as a rash of ‘censorship zones’ erupts around abortion clinics, making it illegal to offer humane alternatives to vulnerable and needy expectant mothers, we see people trying to save lives constantly harassed while those taking innocent lives enjoy public subsidies. 

Will future generations look back with horror upon this era of mass pre-birth killing? An era which frowned upon the disposal of a baby wipe down the toilet, while women were told to dispose of their aborted unborn babies by the same route?

Of course, those future generations would have to be born, and the chances of that are getting ever slimmer.

However the General Election may succeed in killing the pro-death Bills that would remove the last vestiges of legal disapproval from abortion. 

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Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer is the author of By Their Fruits: Eugenics, Population Control, and the Abortion Movement (Catholic University of America, 2008).

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