Bishops in England, Wales and Scotland have lamented the loss of unborn life in a joint statement, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act. The message termed every abortion as a tragedy and calls for a change of minds and hearts about the good of the child in the womb and the care of mothers who are pregnant.  Bishops also expressed their concern about the lack of protection of unborn children with disabilities and the erosion of respect for healthcare professionals who have a conscientious objection to abortion.

As reported by Vatican radio, Bishops emphasized that “In the case of abortion, decisions and choices need to acknowledge the duty to cherish human life and to foster its flourishing beyond the circumstances of any one person, however challenging these may be.”

Jointly signed by the President of the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols and His Excellency Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Scottish Bishops’ Conference, the statement asked Catholics to pray and fast for the protection of human life in the womb. Bishops concluded the statement by expressing their gratitude towards generous young people who strive to promote pro-life values and pointed them as a real encouragement and inspiration in the Church and in society.