It has been a very busy couple of months on the abortion and assisted suicide fronts in Parliament. We wanted to thank you for the work you have done over this challenging time and share something we thought may be of interest.
The Government recently published the table below, which shows the breakdown of submissions mobilised by campaigns to the Government consultation on at-home abortion.
As you will see in the table below, responses from pro-life people like you, who responded to our calls for action on this consultation, far outnumbered those that were mobilised to respond by the big abortion providers.
It may seem at times that we are outnumbered, but when it comes to people who are committed to real change to save more lives from abortion, the table above helps demonstrates that we are gaining traction and you are making a difference.
Thanks also to your support, during the current Parliamentary year, a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – to introduce abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth – failed, in a major pro-life victory.
Similarly on the assisted suicide front, in March, an attempt to force the Government to introduce a Bill to introduce assisted suicide was defeated in the House of Lords.
This was a major upset, and reversal of fortunes, for the assisted suicide lobby who were expecting to win the vote in the House of Lords, as they had done on votes to amendments the last time they attempted to use the House of Lords to introduce assisted suicide in 2015.
Sadly while we may have had these victories during this past Parliamentary year, disappointingly, the Government’s decision to end ‘DIY’ abortion was overturned in March by a vote in Parliament where a majority of only 27 MPs decided to make ‘DIY’ abortion available permanently.
Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition.
The new Parliamentary year begins next Tuesday (10 May) and we are expecting a new large assault from both the abortion and assisted suicide lobbies to make further widespread changes to abortion legislation and introduce assisted suicide. These changes, if successful, will likely lead to the ending of even more vulnerable lives.
This email is a bit longer than my usual emails to you but it is really important for you to have the full picture. We wanted to make sure you knew what we are up against and just how many vulnerable lives are at risk.
OUR OPPOSITION’S NEXT MOVE
Our opposition is now eager to see more widespread changes to legislation and we are expecting major threats in the new Parliamentary year, which begins on 10 May, across three separate fronts:
Off the back of making ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently, the abortion lobby, led by abortion provider BPAS, is likely to be coming back shortly with another attempt to introduce abortion up to birth.
Although their last attempt to introduce abortion up to birth failed in July, we are expecting there to be another Government Bill brought forward in the new Parliamentary year that they will attempt to hijack and use as a vehicle to introduce extreme changes to abortion legislation.
The abortion lobby has been very clear about what they want – abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth.
When I say this, I am not scaremongering. A similar law was introduced to New Zealand in 2020 and that country saw a 43% increase in late-term abortions in the same year.
We expect the assisted suicide lobby to either persuade an MP to bring forward a Private Members’ Bill to introduce assisted suicide or use the same route that the abortion lobby has used in the past and hijack a Government Bill to attempt to introduce assisted suicide.
We will likely be facing a major battle on this front to ensure that a proposed change to legislation does not gain traction and become law.
In Northern Ireland, already a large number of babies have had their lives ended since abortion was imposed by Westminster.
The abortion lobby has now made it clear that they want further expansion of abortion access in Northern Ireland. They have persuaded the Northern Ireland Secretary, through a threat of legal action, to give himself powers to force the full commissioning of abortion services in Northern Ireland. Following the Stormont May elections, the Northern Ireland Secretary has indicated that he will attempt to use these powers to force the expansion of abortion on Northern Ireland.
We know that the abortion provider, BPAS, and assisted suicide lobby group, Dignity in Dying, are pouring large amounts of money into further expanding their lobbying and campaigning capabilities to secure these changes.
Dignity in Dying, along with their sister organisation ‘Compassion in Dying’, operate on a budget of well over £2 million per year – and the 25 organisations that are supporting abortion provider BPAS on their campaigning have operating budgets that totally dwarf that figure, with collective funding running into the tens of millions of pounds.
These campaigners are not hiding what they want – assisted suicide introduced to the UK and abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth.
If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. We can’t sit on the sidelines and watch these extreme anti-life changes become a reality.
WE CAN ONLY DEFEAT THESE MAJOR THREATS WITH YOUR HELP
As you can see, we will be facing a very large challenge on life issues, on multiple fronts, in the UK over the next couple of months.
The majority of the funding we receive from grassroots supporters like you comes from the three major appeals we need to run each year. This is vital funding that ensures that we can continue to save lives.
Fighting both the abortion and assisted suicide lobbies in the battle over the last couple of months has already taken a significant amount of Right To Life UK’s limited resources.
To cover this gap and ensure we effectively defeat these proposals in the new Parliamentary year, we must raise at least £200,000 by midnight on Sunday 1 May 2022.
We are, therefore, appealing to you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will go towards our work to save the lives of the unborn and many others.
If you’re not based in the UK, please do still consider supporting this urgent appeal, as a change to abortion and assisted suicide legislation in the UK will likely put more pressure on a number of other countries overseas to change their laws.
WHY WE NEED TO RAISE THESE FUNDS NOW
Looking at the sheer amount of money behind our opposition, it may seem that stopping their efforts to end more lives is impossible.
But the table we showed you earlier demonstrates that, while our opposition may have a large amount of money, when it comes to having people on the ground like you who are committed to change, we far outnumber them.
The work of people like you around the country enables us to have a disproportionately large impact compared to our size, and we have been able to secure a number of victories over the last couple of years.
To continue to have this big positive impact, this next period is going to be absolutely vital and we need the financial resources in place to ensure that vulnerable lives are protected right across the UK.
The Private Members’ Bill ballot will be drawn in May and from that point, we will likely be facing either a Bill to introduce extreme changes to abortion or assisted suicide legislation, or as has happened in the past, both at the same time.
We think it is important that we are frank about this. If we wait until a couple of weeks before a vote on these proposed changes, we will lose.
We, therefore, need the resources in place now to ensure we are ready when Bills are drawn from the Private Members’ Bill ballot in May.
This will ensure that we have enough time to further educate politicians, the media and the wider public on the large negative impact these proposals will have, but we can only do this with your help.
If you are able to help with ensuring that these extreme anti-life changes to abortion and assisted suicide legislation are stopped in their tracks, please do give generously now.
Thank you for your support of our work to protect the thousands of vulnerable lives at risk during this critical time.