A Catholic MP and a prominent Catholic journalist are leading a call to end the practice of forced abortion in the UK, as a protest was held to raise awareness of the issue.
The protest, which took place outside the Houses of Parliament in London on June 25, followed a Court of Appeal ruling that doctors must not perform an abortion on a woman with a learning disability.
The ruling came after Justice Nathalie Lieven had ordered that the woman must have an abortion against her will on June 21.
Catholic MP Sir Edward Leigh told Right To Life UK it was “deeply disturbing to discover that forced abortions are not only legal in this country but that judges may order them.”
Sir Edward said the case was “the kind of thing we expect in the People’s Republic of China” and called on the Government to “take urgent action to ensure this barbaric practice is eliminated from this country and from all countries.”
Catholic journalist Caroline Farrow, who attended the protest, said: “The case raises serious questions about the number of women who have been forced into abortions by hospitals. Pro-life groups will be seeking answers to this, as well as assurances that such a situation can never happen again.”
“The state has no right to force vulnerable women to have an abortion which they do not want.”
Many gathered at the protest to ask the Government that the distressing incident should never be repeated. They also called on the Department of Health to reveal how many women have been forced into abortions by hospitals.
Representatives joined the protest from a number of organisations, including Good Counsel Network, March For Life UK, Society for Protection of Unborn Children, Rachel’s Vineyard, Catholic GK Chesterton Society, 40 Days for Life and Right To Life UK.
Event speaker Emmi Egbonou said: “We are here today to stand with this woman. We stand with her baby. We stand with her family. We stand with every woman in the UK who has been forced by a hospital to abort their baby.”
“We are here today to send a clear message. The Government must ensure no women and family will ever have to go through this again.”
Picture: Right To Life UK