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Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, former SPUC Executive Committee member, dies

14 December 2016

Lady Salisbury with John Smeaton at an event she organised commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Abortion Act.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is saddened to learn of the death of the Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, who served on the Society's Executive Committee in the early 70s.

John Smeaton, SPUC's chief executive, commented: "Lady Salisbury has been a consistent champion of the right to life of unborn children since the passage of the Abortion Act almost five decades ago. She served on SPUC's executive committee and was always a strong supporter of the Society's work.

"In October, 2008, Lady Salisbury organised a Choose Life service of prayer and worship to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Abortion Act. The service took place at the Memorial to Innocent Victims built into the pavement area immediately outside the West Door of the Abbey. In recent years, Lady Salisbury has been a leading opponent of euthanasia.

"We give thanks for her life and her witness and our members and supporters will be praying for her family at this sad time."

The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, born July 15 1922, died December 12 2016

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