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In any pregnancy, both the woman and preborn baby have inherent value and dignity, by virtue of being made in the image of God. CARE is passionately pro-woman and pro-life: we advocate for both lives in a pregnancy to be protected and for a society where women are genuinely supported.

We believe there is a better way than abortion – a way that truly supports women in unplanned pregnancies, defends those who are vulnerable and have no voice, and is life-giving to preborn babies. For the last 40 years, we have strived to tell that story and uphold the value of life in our society.

Together we can work for a culture where both women and babies flourish – where all life is valued from conception and women are protected from the harm of abortion.

Topic primer

Abortion is an issue we care deeply about. We want to work for a society where abortion is unthinkable, and women and babies are protected.

Abortion not only ends the life of a person, but it also does not lead to a society where women truly flourish.

Firstly, abortion denies preborn babies the right to life and a future.

The Bible shows us how God forms human beings inside a mother’s womb (Psalm 139: 13-16) and he knows us before we are born (Galatians 1:15). Human life is precious to God (Isaiah 43:1-2) and we must act to protect and defend it.

This is why CARE upholds the value of the lives of all human beings from conception. We acknowledge that preborn babies are people, with the human dignity the rest of us all enjoy, and we advocate for greater protection for them in legislation.

Secondly, we strongly believe women are not empowered by being told that they need to seek a termination in order to achieve equality with men.

Instead, we should create a society where women in unplanned pregnancies receive all the support they need. They should be able to work, pursue their education and career, and have emotional and practical help. An abortion culture does not actually achieve greater equality for women – it entrenches these inequalities and leaves women to cope alone.

CARE has always advocated for women as well as babies. For many years we provided counselling services to women before and after abortions, and continue that work through our ministry, Open, which provides training for church pastors and post-abortion healing retreats. We want to be there for women in every scenario. Both anecdotal and academic research shows us that abortion can be considerably harmful for women and their mental health, and we seek to protect women from such harm and to advocate for their protection by a shift in the law.

We can respond uniquely to our mandate to uphold the value of human life as Christians. We can call on our elected representatives to offer services that provide greater support to pregnant women and families, to address the root causes of abortion, and to protect the lives of preborn babies.

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Ask your MP to support a new Pro-Life Bill

The Abortion (Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate and Club Foot) Bill aims to clarify that abortion to birth for these treatable conditions is illegal. Stand with us and ask your MP to support this modest, but important Bill.

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Alice Paul
Abor­tion is the ulti­mate exploit­a­tion of women
Alice Paul Suffragist & women's rights activist
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Open: providing post-abortion support within churches.

OPEN is an initiative of CARE. It aims to create an environment within churches where unintended pregnancy and post abortion concerns can
be shared with grace and compassionate understanding.

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John Wyatt
Abor­tion has become a highly polar­ised and tox­ic issue in our soci­ety… but I believe that when we try to enter this battle­ground, our Chris­ti­an task is first to listen and to under­stand, to empath­ise. Only in this way are we going to be able to speak with integ­rity, with authen­ti­city and with compassion.
John Wyatt Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics at University College London

Resources

Here are a range of resources to help you dig deeper on the issue of abortion.

In Depth

In Depth

CARE

We believe that in every civilised society we should hold open and respectful debate: seeking first, to listen and understand the views of others, and second, to form sound, logical arguments to defend our own. In this series we examine various aspects of the abortion debate.

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6 things the abor­tion lob­by won’t tell you about decrim­i­nal­i­sa­tion

6 things the abor­tion lob­by won’t tell you about decriminalisation

by Naomi Marsden

Naomi Marsden explores some of the claims perpetuated by those who seek a radical overhaul of the UK's abortion laws, and the wide-reaching effects decriminalisation will have on all pregnant women and the legal status of preborn babies.

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Let’s end the culture of silence in our churches over abortion

Let’s end the cul­ture of silence in our churches over abortion

CARE

Of all people, Christians should be the ones speaking out about the greatest human rights violation of our time.

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10 essential pro life resources

10 essen­tial pro life resources

CARE

Want to engage in a loving and logical manner on the issue of abortion? Keen to equip yourself better on the Christian response to ethical issues like assisted suicide? Here are ten resources that will help you.

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Matters of life and death: Human Dilemmas in the Light of the Christian Faith

Mat­ters of life and death: Human Dilem­mas in the Light of the Chris­ti­an Faith

John Wyatt

John Wyatt examines the issues surrounding the beginning and end of life against the background of current medical-ethical thought.

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Pro-choice tweet reveals truth about abortion debate

Pro-choice tweet reveals truth about abor­tion debate

CARE

When those with pro-choice beliefs are intellectually honest, a real conversation about abortion can begin, says CARE's Naomi Marsden.

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What hope is there now for women and babies in Northern Ireland?

What hope is there now for women and babies in North­ern Ireland?

CARE

The church has always been God’s answer for the world. Whilst we grieve for the women and babies whose lives will be forever changed by this law, we must rally for those who are vulnerable.

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The birth rate is now the lowest since records began: what’s behind this trend?

The birth rate is now the low­est since records began: what’s behind this trend?

CARE

The reasons for falling birth rates, and increased abortion numbers, need to be given due attention because they undoubtedly have a substantial impact on our population.

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Recent abortion news

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Cause history

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Offences Against the Person Act 1861

Parliament passes an Act making it a criminal offence to abort a preborn baby. The Act also makes it an offence to procure or supply abortifacients for the intention of termination of preborn life.

Offences Against the Person Act 1861
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Infant Life Preservation Act 1929

Parliament passes an Act making it an offence to terminate a child capable of being born alive, defined in the Act as from 28 weeks. The Act makes abortion to save the life of the mother a legal exemption.

Infant Life Preservation Act 1929
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Case of R v Bourne

This was the first case that tested the grounds under which a legal abortion could be performed in England. Alec Bourne, a doctor, performed an abortion on a 14-year-old girl, pregnant as a result of rape. He was acquitted, as the judge held that an abortion could be performed if the pregnancy was capable of rendering the woman a physical or mental wreck, so as to pose a significant risk to her life. This case paved the way for abortion law reform, leading to legalised abortion on mental health grounds — the most common ground for abortion today. Dr Alec Bourne was later horrified by the way his case was used to change the law, resulting in thousands of abortions. He became one of the founding members of the pro-life charity SPUC as a result.

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Abortion Act 1967

Following years of campaigning by the Abortion Law Reform Association, David Steel successfully sees his Private Members' Bill through Parliament. Parliament passes an Act which allows for exceptions to the criminal law on abortion. Abortions can now be legally obtained on specific grounds up to 28 weeks, and must be signed off by two medical doctors. Following the passage of this Act, the rate of abortion increased significantly in England, Scotland and Wales. The Act never applied to Northern Ireland.

Abortion Act 1967
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Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act 1990

Parliament passes an Act which amends the Abortion Act 1967. The point of viability is updated to 24 weeks for abortions for mental health reasons, but abortion is made available up to birth in cases of disability.

Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act 1990
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Claim that 100,000 lives saved in NI found to be accurate

Following a complaint, the Advertising Standards Authority rules that the Both Lives Matter billboard campaign, which found that 100,000 lives have been saved in Northern Ireland due to their not adopting the Abortion Act 1967, is a robust estimate of the impact of NI's life-affirming laws. CARE was a founding partner of Both Lives Matter.

ASA Ruling on Both Lives Matter
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Government approves home use of abortion pill

Government announce that the second abortion pill, misoprostol, can now be taken at home in England, following similar changes in Scotland and Wales.

Government confirms plans to approve the home-use of early abortion pills
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Abortion decriminalised in Northern Ireland

In the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019, Westminster overrode the devolution settlement and legislated to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland. This repealed the relevant sections of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, removing all legal recognition of preborn babies prior to viability. MPs voted in favour of an amendment tabled by a Labour backbench MP to a Bill which had nothing to do with abortion. No consultation took place with the people of Northern Ireland and the final amendment, which has became the law in Northern Ireland, was only debated for 17 minutes in the elected House of Commons. NI now has a 5-month limbo period where abortion law is completely unregulated, before Regulations come in in March 2020.

A dark day for North­ern Ire­land on abortion
Carla Lockhart
I want a soci­ety in North­ern Ire­land that val­ues life, and I want to see ser­vices that will help women choose life. We want to see a peri­nat­al pal­li­at­ive care centre, a mater­nal men­tal health unit and bet­ter child­care ser­vices, and that is my ask of this Gov­ern­ment. Help us cre­ate a cul­ture of choos­ing life
Carla Lockhart MLA

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Together we can make a difference shaping our culture and society. Here are three things you can do right now…

Pray.

Join us in praying for Christians to be courageous, wise and compassionate in defending women and preborn babies. We have suggested several prayer points to help you pray.

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Read our article looking at proposals to decriminalise abortion, and how this will affect women and babies in practice.

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