50 Years Later: Over 8.8 Million Babies Killed by Abortion in the UK — Pro-Life Group Holds Mourning Vigil
October 27 marked the 50th anniversary of Britain’s Abortion Act 1967 which legalized abortion. Since that day, over 8.8 million babies have been killed in the U.K. Pro-life activists met outside Parliament and in Scotland to mourn their loss.
“Today is a tragic day,” Margaret Akers of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland told LifeSiteNews. “It is more important than ever that we continue to affirm the dignity of life for all, particularly the unborn.” Akers was encouraged by how many people attended the vigil at Glasgow’s George Square and the special Mass afterward in St. Andrew’s cathedral. Akers said that by “not losing hope … we can change things.”
Chief Executive of SPUC John Smeaton attended the London vigil. “It was very good to stand shoulder to shoulder with other pro-life leaders,” he said. “This is the way forward in the battles ahead.”
A new front in the battle opened in recent weeks. The U.K., including Scotland and Wales, decided to provide free abortions to the women of Northern Ireland, since abortion there is illegal. Further, Baron Alton wrote in the Catholic Herald that the British medical profession has done away with the Hippocratic Oath, which would have protected the unborn.
The 1967 law itself has had “catastrophic consequences,” said Alton. It was supposed to allow abortion in only certain circumstances, but it became an “elastic law.” “Those 29 MPs who voted against it … did so because they contested the repeated claims that the law would only be used in extreme and tragic circumstances. They were right.”
The abortion industry has become big business in the U.K. According to Alton, over 757 million pounds in taxpayer money has been paid to the private sector abortions the past 10 years. That’s over a billion U.S. dollars.