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from conception to natural death


On this day 52 years ago…SPUC was founded

11 January 2019


Today, 11 January 2019, is 52 years since the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), was formally established at a meeting at the Wig and Pen Club, Strand, in London.

Two of the founding members are still stalwarts of the pro-life movement- Alan Smith, who continues to be a member of SPUC's Executive Committee, and Elspeth Chowdharay-Best (née Rhys-Williams), who is the honorary secretary of ALERT, a body which campaigns against euthanasia.

Distinguished founders

Amongst those elected to serve on the Society's first executive committee were Professor Ian Donald, who pioneered the use of diagnostic ultrasound in medicine, and Dr Aleck Bourne. Dr Bourne was involved in a landmark court case after performing an illegal abortion on a 14-year-old girl. However, he regretted his actions and became a founding member of the Society.

The battle in 2019

John Smeaton, SPUC's chief executive, said today: "Over 9.1 million children are missing from Britain since the passing of the Abortion Act. As we enter 2019, Britain's unborn children face the biggest threat since 1967 - decriminalisation. The abortion industry and pro-abortion MPs are pushing to remove criminal sanctions that currently provide some limited protections for unborn babies. Thanks to the incredible support of SPUC members, however, we are well placed to meet this threat. We will build on the remarkable campaigning achievements of the last few months to continue to fight decriminalisation and stop the abortion lobby in its tracks."

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  • Eileen

    11 January 2019, 10:02pm

    So proud to be a member of SPUC. Congratulations and keep up the great work ‘defending human life with love from conception to natural death’

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  • Jeremy

    13 January 2019, 5:51am

    The number of lives saved so far are incalculable and the contribution made through this wonderful organisation beyond imagination. Keep fighting the good fight because despite circumstances, it is being won...

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