Reflection on 50th Anniversary of Abortion Act

OLOG_var1Pope Francis recently called the Pro-Life cause the most important work on earth.

During the Papal General Audience on 12th April 2017, Pope Francis met with members of the 40 Days for Life campaign.

“You are doing the best possible work!” Pope Francis told the group. “Save as many lives as possible! I encourage you and bless you with every blessing. There is no more important work than this one, be persistent and pray, pray, pray!”

This week marks the 50th Anniversary of the Passing of the Abortion Act. There will be a Mass of Reparation at the Shrine, The Holy Child & St Joseph’s Church, Bedford at 10.45am on Friday, 27th October 2017.

Nola Leach, CARE (Christian Action, Research & Education) Chief Executive, reflects on her blog on the 1967 Abortion Act.

When the Liberal MP, David Steel brought forward in his Act in 1967 for abortions to be legal up to 28 weeks, his primary aim was to end backstreet abortions. Since 1967 however, 8.8 million abortions have taken place in the UK, and statistically in women under the age of 45, one in three will opt to have an abortion.

This cultural shift over the past fifty years has meant that abortion is now seen as a right, rather than a painful last resort. It is recommended by doctors and health practitioners and is given much more spotlight than other options which are available to the expectant mother – keeping and raising the child for example, or adoption. There is also a lack of information available about the long-term side effects of having an abortion; the procedure is viewed as an immediate fix.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow reminds us in his recent address in Glasgow Cathedral:

“When abortion is the choice made by a woman, the unfailing mercy of God and the promise of forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation are always available,” he said. “There is always a way home to a deeper relationship with God and the Church, as recent Popes have emphasised”.

We ‘choose life,’ because Jesus is life, light, and love. Like the disciples at the resurrection, we are witnesses to this life, because it is undeniable.

Silence for ’67

If you are unable to join us for the Mass of Reparation at the Shrine in St Joseph’s, Bedford this Friday, 27th October 2017 at 10.45am marking the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act, please consider following this initiative:

In remembrance of the 8.8 million babies whose lives have been taken by abortion since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act, LIFE organisation is encouraging people to hold a minute’s silence on Friday, 27th October 2017, in your home, workplace or wherever you find yourself at 11.04 am.

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Unborn

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, we turn to you who are the Protectress of Unborn Children and ask that you intercede for us, so that we may more firmly resolve to join you in protecting all human life. Let our prayers be united to your perpetual motherly intercession on behalf of those whose lives are threatened, be they in the womb of their mother, on the bed of infirmity, or in the latter years of their life. May our prayers also be coupled with peaceful action, which witnesses to the goodness and dignity of all human life, so that our firmness of purpose may give courage to those who are fearful and bring light to those who are blinded by sin. Encourage those who will be involved in the Pro-Life Movement; help them to walk closely with God and to give voice to the cry of the oppressed, to remind our nation of its commitment to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people. O Virgin Mother of God, “Protectress of the Unborn”, present our petitions to your Son and ask Him to bless us with abundant life. Amen.