UK-resident readers only: please sign the Alive+Kicking petition.
Alive+Kicking is a new campaign to “make abortion rare”, and is supported by (among others) the Christian Medical Fellowship, CARE, the Evangelical Alliance and the Lawyers Christian Fellowship. Its core aims are:
- A substantial lowering of the 24-week abortion upper limit.
- An end to discriminatory abortion of disabled babies up to birth, whilst a 24-week upper limit is in place for babies without disability.
- A charter of informed consent for women seeking abortion.
Not a campaign to abolish abortion outright? Well, many of those supporting it will also be campaigning for that outcome, and many others of us will regard zero abortions as the only truly acceptable situation. However, “politics is the art of the attainable”, and what Alive+Kicking is proposing are realistic, politically-attainable goals which will save a lot of lives if implemented.
If you need any further persuading, Peter Ould’s post about Tory MP Nadine Dorries’ campaign against later-term abortions, fuelled by her experiences as a young nurse participating in such abortions, is worth a read. Contains no graphic imagery, but the descriptions are quite distressing.