UK Bishop Laments ‘DIY’ Abortion at Home Medication
Implemented During COVID Pandemic
House of Commons
Bishop John Sherrington, Lead Bishop for Life Issues has responded to a Commons vote that will allow women in England to continue to access ‘DIY’ abortion medication at home. The measure was brought in during the COVID pandemic but was rescinded by the government and was due to cease on August 30, 2022.
However, MPs have voted to support an amendment to the Health and Care Bill allowing women to use the pills at home by 215 votes to 188.
“This is a great loss for the unborn and will likely have a strong negative impact on the physical and emotional health of women,” according to Right to Life UK. “It appears that the majority of those MPs who voted to make ‘DIY’ abortion permanent were Labour MPs. Although Labour MPs were not officially whipped on this vote, it appears that a letter that went out to Labour MPs yesterday from Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, which strongly “encouraged” them to vote in support of the amendment, contributed to the outcome today.”
Statement by Bishop John Sherrington
On Wednesday 30 March, an amendment to the Health and Care Bill overturned the Government’s decision to end ‘DIY’ abortion and fundamentally changes access to abortion in England and Wales.
Such a move diminishes the seriousness with which these decisions should be taken. Not only will this endanger the lives of the unborn, but also the lives of women. It is clear from the evidence over the last two years on the self-administration of these drugs at home that they pose grave physical and psychological dangers to women.
I would like to thank all those who wrote to their MP asking them to oppose this amendment.
In the face of this disappointing outcome, we must now strengthen our resolve to foster a culture of welcome and acceptance of new life and to continue to pray and work for better legal protections for pregnant women and the child in the womb.
Bishop John Sherrington Lead Bishop for Life Issues