John Smeaton, SPUC national director, said: "The Archbishop has been a
life member of SPUC for many years; we are delighted to see that
someone of such positive pro-life views has been recommended for the
most senior position in the Church of England; the example he gives of
Christian witness to the sanctity of human life whether unborn or born
will inspire other Anglicans throughout the world to recognise that
society must foster a loving and supportive environment for the
weakest and most vulnerable of the human race.
"The recognition that human life begins at conception is the only sure
foundation for the respect for human life at any age that was so
wanting in so much of the 20th century. Dr Williams' appointment may
be part of a new beginning in the 21st century.
"Dr Williams is a man who is reputed to stick to his principles. The defence of human life is so fundamental that it cannot be compared to any other principle; we pray that the new Archbishop of Canterbury will inspire people of all faiths and all political parties to recognise the damage done to mothers, to children and to the whole of society by legalised abortion."