Jill. “Abortion: A call to a National Day of Prayer (27th of October).” 4 Oct 2015. http://anglicanmainstream.org/abortion-a-call-to-a-national-day-of-prayer-27th-october/. Anglican Mainstream. Accessed 4 Oct 2015.
Abortion: A call to a National Day of Prayer (27th October)
Oct 4, 2015 by Jill
In 2014, according to Government figures, 201,567 babies died by abortion in the United Kingdom (England, Wales and Scotland). That’s over 16,000 a month; nearly 4,000 a week; over 550 each day. Of the year’s total, 98 per cent were so-called social abortions. Fewer than two per cent were carried out because of suspected handicap.
Abortion, previously illegal, was decriminalised by Parliament in 1967. We were told the Abortion Act would allow previously illegal abortions, carried out in dangerous conditions, to be done safely. There would not be a significant increase in the number of abortions. Claims that the act would lead to a large number of abortions were decried as irresponsible and sensationalist. The Christian church was asleep. The act was passed in a half-empty House of Commons.
Now we have virtually abortion on demand.
The number of babies who die from abortion in the UK each day equals two Lockerbie disasters. The number of babies aborted each week is greater than the number of people killed at the World Trade Centre on 9/11. The number aborted in two years exceeds the number of British casualties in the whole of the Second World War.
Over the past 48 years, over seven million babies have died from legally-permitted abortion – equivalent to a tenth of the total population.
A National Day of Prayer about abortion is held each year on 27th October, the anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act.
On the day, can you organise a joint prayer meeting in your town? Can you arrange to pray with your church? Can you pray with your home group or youth group? Can you arrange to pray with friends? Will you pray at home?
Prayer packs for 2015 are available. To download these resources please click here.