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Thousands take part in minute of silence to commemorate 10 million lives lost to abortion

Thousands of people across the United Kingdom stopped for a minute of silence at 11:41am to commemorate the ten million lives that have been lost to abortion in England, Wales and Scotland since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967.

It is projected that the ten millionth baby had their life ended by abortion at 11:41am on Friday 23 September. The minute of silence took place to coincide with the tragic ending of this baby’s life and to also remember the other 9,999,999 lives that have been lost to abortion across England, Scotland and Wales.

Following the minute of silence, Right To Life UK released a video titled The Ten Million to commemorate the ten million people who had their lives ended through abortion and to attempt to illustrate what the UK has lost through the death of these millions of people.

The video began asking the question “Had these 10 million babies been born, who would they be today?” before proceeding to outline:

  • About 500,000 of them would be in their 50s by now.
  • There would be nearly 2,000,000 each in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
  • 1,500,000 would now be teenagers.
  • Nearly 2,000,000 would be children.
  • 800,000 would currently be babies and toddlers.
  • 5,000,000 would be women or girls, sisters, daughters, aunts, mothers and grandmas. Some of their most common names would be Emily, Jenny, Sarah, Emma and Olivia.
  • Of the men and boys, the most common names would be Mike, Chris, Matt, Jake and Josh.
  • About 3,300,000 would love Marmite, about 3,300,000 would hate it, and the remainder wouldn’t have minded either way.
  • There would have been 2,900,000 more weddings and millions more couples would be in love.

BACKGROUND

In 2021, more than one baby was lost to abortion every two and a half minutes; 26 lives were ended every hour.

The number of abortions in England and Wales reached a record high with 214,869 taking place in 2021, while 13,758 terminations were performed in Scotland in the same year.

Opinion polls repeatedly show that the public wants increased protections for unborn babies and the number of abortions reduced, rather than the wholesale removal of legal safeguards around abortion.

Only 1% of the population want abortion to be available up to birth and 70% of women want the abortion limit to be reduced to 20 weeks or lower.

Polling from 2019 revealed that over 41% of Londoners believe abortion should be illegal in almost all circumstances.

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:  “At 11:41am today, a baby’s life was ended by abortion. This baby is projected to be the ten millionth baby to have their life ended by abortion in Great Britain”. 

“People from right across the United Kingdom stopped for a minute of silence to coincide with the tragic ending of this baby’s life and to also remember the other 9,999,999 lives that have been lost to abortion across Great Britain”.

“It is a national tragedy that ten million lives have been lost since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act, each one a valuable human being who was denied the right to life”.

“Every one of these abortions represents a failure of our society to protect the lives of babies in the womb and a failure to offer full support to women with unplanned pregnancies”.

Dear reader,

MPs will shortly vote on proposed changes to the law, brought forward by Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Diana Johnson, that would introduce the biggest change to our abortion laws since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967.

These proposed changes to the law would make it more likely that healthy babies are aborted at home for any reason, including sex-selective purposes, up to birth.

Polling undertaken by ComRes, shows that only 1% of women support introducing abortion up to birth and that 91% of women agree that sex-selective abortion should be explicitly banned by the law.

Please click the button below to contact your MP now and ask them to vote no to these extreme changes to our law. It only takes 30 seconds using our easy-to-use tool.