Bishops thank those who lobbied Parliament against amendments on abortion – Detroit Catholic: Read Catholic News & Stories

English and Welsh Catholic bishops expressed relief after members of the House of Commons withdrew proposals to legalize abortion on demand up to birth and to make it a crime to protest outside an abortion clinic. Two amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill were withdrawn by their sponsors when it became obvious during a July 5 debate in the House of Commons that they would be defeated. Afterward, Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster, the lead bishop for life issues of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said he was grateful to “the thousands of people who lobbied MPs (Members of Parliament) and helped to prevent dangerous amendments to the bill from moving forward.” He said the attempt to decriminalize abortion “would have swept away the few protections remaining for the unborn child and enabled abortion on demand as well as removing the possibility of the doctors’ conscientious objection.” “We must stay vigilant to attempts to widen access to abortion by hijacking other bills,” he said in the July 6 statement. The bill, a reform of the criminal justice system aimed especially at countering violent crime, is undergoing its third reading in the House of Commons, after which it will be referred to the House of Lords, before it passes into law.

Bishops thank those who lobbied Parliament against amendments on abortion – Detroit Catholic: Read Catholic News & Stories

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