asks woman M.P.
BY A STAFF REPORTER
CONCERN that aborted foetuses were being put into hospital boilers while still alive was expressed by Mrs. Jill Knight, Conservative M.P. for Edgbaston, at a meeting of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children at Caxton Hall, London, this week.
"One of my main concerns is for the aborted foetuses." she said. "The fact that these arc foetuses which look like babies. which kick and even cry like babies, is neither here nor there to people who term them 'aborted foetuses.'
"What about the Glasgow baby who cried after being taken off the surgical table on its way to the hospital boiler? This baby was aborted after 28 weeks and was quite strong enough to cry.
"But what about babies not strong enough to cry? Are they putting babies into boilers alive? I believe that they are."
HEARD WHIMPERING The baby referred to by Mrs. Knight was heard whimpering in a disposal bag by staff outside the operating theatre after it had been sent to the incinerator at a Glasgow hospital in January.
'Ilse baby survived for only a short time after its cries were heard.
The Glasgow jury inquiring into the baby's death found that no one was to blame. hut recommended legislation prohibiting abortion when an unborn child was "approaching via bility."
Mrs. Knight said Mr. Crossman. Minister for Social Services. had recently told the House of Commons that ins foetuses of 28 weeks had been aborted last year.
"How many of these were alive?" she asked. "Too many abortions arc being carried out for cash only."
A Department of Health spokesman said later this week it could not find figures to support these figures.
The Abortion Law Reform Association accused Mrs. Knight of creating a "scare story." It had investigated the incident at the Glasgow hospital and was satisfied the foetus was dead when taken to the incinerator and had not responded to efforts to keep it alive.
Mrs. Diane Munday, secretary, said: "If anything, it reflects on the reluctance of some doctors to agree to an abortion until such an advanced state of pregnancy has been reached."
Mr. Crossman and senior British Medical Association officials met on Tuesday in an attempt to avert the growing crisis over the Abortion Act. The association was told by Mr. Crossman that the Act was working well apart from a few minor infringements.
The association is concerned over the Act's "social clause," which it says might be exploited by some doctors. This says an abortion may be carried out if the birth of another child would adversely affect other children in the family.
Catholic groups aid charity fair ,
AMONG organisations cooperating in organising the Last End Charities Fair at Victoria Park tomorrow week are the Simon Community Trust at Toynbee Hall, Malden Road Simon Community, Simonwell Farm and the London Companions. About 5,000 visitors are expected.
M.P. QUITS HUMANIST COUNCIL
MR. LEO ABSE, Labour M.P. for Pontypool. announced on Monday that he had resigned from the Council of the Humanist Association because he disapproved of its lobbying against the Bill promoted by Mr. Norman St. John-Stevas, M.P., to amend the Abortion Act.
In his resignation letter he says: "Humanists, by my interpretation, should be people primarily concerned with the preservation of life and enhancing its quality. To this end they should surely strive to develop insights within the community and seek to emancipate it from its most primitive punitive attitudes.
'PUNITIVE' MOTIVE "The policy adopted by the association in assisting. through its literature, the organisation of the lobby against any attempt to reshape the wellintentioned but muddled Abortion Act does not accord with what I regard as a Humanist a pproa ch.
"We Humanists should be particularly aware that too often the unconscious motivation that seeks to take the child from the mother is punitive."
Pointing out that unmarried mothers constitute half of those at present being aborted, Mr. Abse argues that they are often "disturbed girls born in loveless homes broken up by separation, divorce or death.
"Killing their babies is the cruel response of a community evading the need to give them social support and psychiatric aid," Humanists should be engaged in mobilising help for them.
"EMOTION" Abortion had become a subject "so touched by emotion that the real facts of the situation are in danger of submersion beneath a welter of hysteria, misleading statistics. religious bigotry and plain ignorance," said Mr. Michael Lines, secretary of the British Humanist Association.
'Weekend of Prayer and Discovery'
A"WEEKEND of Prayer and Discovery" for nuns of various orders and young laywomen is to be held at Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. from August 29 to Sep. tember 2. The programme will comprise discussions. talks. music and leisure activities.
Application forms can be obtained from the Vocation Sisters at Vocation House, Hallaton, Market Harborough, Leics.
A 'Crown' for the Holy Name
THE Church of the Holy Name, Oxford Road. Manchester, today launches a public appeal for money to have the fabric cleaned and restored for its centenary in October, 1971.
Soiled by industrial grime, the church stands against a backcloth of demolition and new construction as the modern buildings of the Manchester University complex takes shape around it. Because of the rehousing of many of its former parishioners the parish has been greatly reduced in numbers and the task of renovation is beyond its unaided means.
But the Holy Name has always been more than a parish church in the strict sense and this is why the appeal is being broadened to embrace a far wider area. From its beginnings its confessionals and parlours have attracted people from far and wide offering a choice of confessors and a wide choice of times. Missions. special sermons and novenas have attracted both Catholics and nonCatholics from all over Manchester and. at times. further afield, and have taken place regularly over the years. •
With the approval, therefore, of Bishop Holland of Salford and Bishop Grasar of Shrewsbury as many people as possible are being asked to give their help to provide "A Crown for the Holy Name" — the "crown" being the beauty of its restoration and also the modest sum of five shillings.
The foundation stone of the Holy Name was laid in June, 1869, and the church opened for public worship on October 15, 1871. Joseph Aloysius Hansom, a Catholic architect, whose name is part of our language as the originator of the "Hansom Cab" was the architect.
The church's I85ft. tower, a well-known Manchester landmark, was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and his brother, Mr. Adrian Gilbert Scott, and officially opened in September, 1928, as a memorial to Fr. Bernard Vaughan. for many years rector.