CATHOLIC pro-lifers joined stars and MPs outside St Martin in the Fields in a vigil this week to protest against the Abortion Act of 1976 on its 19th anniversary.
The 24 hours silent vigil, sponsored by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), launched the Society's programme for a year of unprecedented activity on the pro-life front.
The vigil, held on Monday, culminated in the delivery of a letter of protest to 10 Downing Street. The letter, accompanied by 19 white roses that commemorate the babies killed during the 19 years the abortion law has been implemented, urges the Prime Minister to honour / her pledge to introduce a bill on embryo legislation if her Government is re-elected.
The letter urges that the legislation should include two alternative clauses: to allow the use of the human embryo for experiments and to outlaw the use of the human embryo for such purposes. "You have stated" the letter points out, "that in doing so it is your intention to allow Parliament a free vote so that it can reach a conclusion".