Editorial: New challenges for pro life campaigners

It’s been a challenging week for those seeking to uphold the dignity of human life.

Earlier this week, statistics released by the Department for Health and Social Care showed that a record number of abortions were carried out in England and Wales last year – 214,869 in total, an increase of 4,009 from 2020.

On Tuesday, MPs debated an amendment to the Public Order Bill which would have criminalised those who offer help and support to women outside abortion clinics. The amendment was not pushed to a vote but is likely to surface again during the Bill’s passage through Parliament.

While on Wednesday, MPs voted to approve new regulations relating to abortion provision in Northern Ireland – which include giving the Secretary of State power to introduce at-home abortions.

All of this is taking place in the context of the decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn the Roe v. Wade judgement of 1973.

The decision will almost certainly lead to a backlash from pro-abortion campaigners – not just in the US but in this country as well – and the temptation for virtual signalling politicians to “do something” in response.

The pro-life voice will be needed more than ever in Parliament in the months ahead.