We are the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), founded in January 1967 to oppose the abortion bill being debated in Parliament at the time.
This bill would go on to become the 1967 Abortion Act, while we became the world's first pro-life campaigning and educational organisation. At SPUC, we aim:
- To affirm, defend and promote the existence and value of human life from the moment of conception until natural death.
- To defend and protect human life generally and in particular, whether born or unborn (although principally the latter) and wheresoever situate (although principally in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, the Republic of Ireland and Europe).
- To reassert the principle laid down in the United Nations' "Declaration of the Rights of the child" (1959) that "the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.”
- To defend, assist and promote the life and welfare of mothers during pregnancy and of their children from the time of conception up to, during and after birth.
Tragically, more than 8.4 million unborn children have lost their lives to the Abortion Act that we were formed to oppose nearly 50 years ago. We work to protect human lives at the national and local level.