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We must make the idea of stopping abortion completely normal, says the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) on the 49th Anniversary of the Abortion Act

26 October 2016

John Smeaton, SPUC's chief executive said: "All unborn children and their mothers must be protected from the violence and injustice of abortion."

Thursday 27th October marks the 49th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act becoming law. The bill, along with the acts such as the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act, 1967, and Countryside (Scotland) Act, 1967, received Royal Assent on 27 October 1967. The law came into force six months later.

Reflecting on the anniversary, SPUC John Smeaton continued:

"According to the latest government statistics, 8,525,974 babies have been killed by abortion since 1967. Not only does this go far beyond what the supporters of the act intended, it shows that when abortion is made acceptable in even limited circumstances, the defence against killing any unborn child is torn away. This anniversary shows that the only lasting protection for society's weakest, most vulnerable human beings, ultimately, are moral absolutes. Our aim must be to stop abortion completely whilst offering positive support to women in crisis. We need to make the idea of abortion being completely illegal normal- because it really is normal not to kill children."

Notes to Editors

House of Commons Hansard from 27 October 1967

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