SPUC congratulates Archbishop-elect of Canterbury

London, 23 July 2002--Following the announcement of the decision of the Prime Minister to recommend to the Queen the appointment of Dr Rowan Williams to the post of Archbishop of Canterbury, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) warmly congratulates him on his elevation.

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."