Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Choose Life

The trouble with blogging intermittently is that you end up with too much to say and therefore don't do justice to anything. I'm glad to report that our broadband switch-over has been successfully achieved, with the bonus of getting the printer on to wifi (after struggling all Saturday - because the software it came with is now out of date, as I should have realised!) I think we're getting a better speed with cable.... I wanted the printer to produce some outlines for the first sermon I've preached "away from home" for years. 

On Wednesday last week I listened to Prime Minister's Questions, a fairly unedifying occasion. Sadly I didn't hear any questions relating to the rally going on outside, the launch of the Choose Life campaign run by Christian Concern http://www.chooselifecampaign.org/.
It was the 43rd anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act. They cite some astonishing statistics: for example 

  • There were over 200, 000 abortions in England, Scotland and Wales in 2009.
  • 98% of the abortions in England and Wales last year were undertaken for social reasons.
  • For 25% of women having an abortion last year and aged 25 or under at the time, it was not their first. Across all age groups, 34% were repeat abortions.
  • More than 7, 000, 000 unborn children have been aborted in Britain since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed.                                                                                                                                                                                (Sources: Department of HealthNHS National Services Scotland )       
It's sad that our country counts the beginning of life so cheap. No doubt that was not the intention of the Parliamentarians who passed the law 43 years ago, but so it is. Might their present-day successors have the courage to undo the damage? At least for future generations? And will they stand against the campaign similarly to cheapen the end of life? I profoundly hope so.                                                                                                                                

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