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Bishop talks about “the gift of unborn life” on Abortion Act anniversary

Today is the 54th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act in 1967. We grieve for the death of so many children, unborn lives, by legal abortion, almost 10 million since that date. We remember those women who carry the pain and burden of their decisions. As the numbers continue to rise each year, the conversion of hearts and minds towards the unborn child is ever more urgent.

This week as we approach the COP26 meeting, focus has turned to the care of God’s gift of creation and good stewardship of the earth. Many hours will be spent pondering emissions and policies. Behind this debate, Pope Francis reminds us in his encyclical Laudato Si’ that everything is ‘interconnected’ and connected to every other part of creation. As we listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, we also listen to the cry of the unborn child in the womb, a voice that cannot be heard, but part of the interconnectedness of all reality. The Pope writes, ‘Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away”. [Laudato Si’ 120, Caritas in Veritate 51].