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White Flower Rally

Abortion Act repeal is now possible

By a Staff Reporter

The 100,000 people from all over Britain who are expected to take part in this Sunday's White Flower Rally in Manchester see in it the possibility of the repeal of the Abortion Act.

So, too, does Mrs. Diane Munday, secretary of the Abortion Law Reform Association, the minority pressure group which did so much to steer through Parliament the Private Member's bill which has the effect of inflic ting the death penalty on the unborn.

Admitting the possibility of repeal Mrs. Munday, who herself campaigned for the repeal of capital punishment, emphasised that in the event the Abortion Law Reform Association would fight to have the act replaced on the Statute Book.

Mrs. Munday was elaborating on an interview published in the current issue of The Freethinker.

In this she said: "No doubt a large number of people will turn out on March 25. This does not mean that there are any more people against abortion than there ever were.

"It just means that the Catholic Church and other organs of reaction are marshalling their troops and making a great deal of noise. The organised opposition is recognising that the vast weight of solid evidence sent into the Lane Commission. (sic) does not support their case."

Mrs. Munday saw this judgement as a perional impression rather than as an attempt to preempt the finding of the Lane Committee.

She was unable to cite a proabortion rally before the passing of the abortion bill.

Mrs. Munday emphasised to the Catholic Herald that she was a strong proponent of the conscience clause in the Abortion Act.

Asked about doctors who had pressure put upon them to take part in abortions she said: "Any doctor who can not do such operations in conscience should not become a gynaecologist.

-Jewish people don't become pork butchers to put it on another plane."

The Rev. Leslie Fraser, rector of the Church of the Saviour. Collyhurst, Manchester, who is chairman of the rally committee, said: "The Rally is not an end in itself. Parliament will soon come to realise that our supporters are becoming more and more deter. mined to see the present barbaric law give way to a civilised outlook.

"We are determined to see a fairer deal for unmarried mothers and their children. We are deter mined to see better housing conditions for larger families and many other developments.

"As it is, pro-abortion politicians are quite content to allow the wholesale destruction of unborn children in order to try and sweep social problems under the mat."

The meeting point of the Rally is Platt Fields, Oxford Road, Manchester, where the public meeting will take place before the silent march.

The speakers will include MPs Leo Absc, James Dunn. and Jill Knight as well as Malcolm Muggeridge, young nurse and a gynaecologist. Sharing the platform will he the Anglican bishop of Manchester, Dr. Patrick Rodger, Bishop Holland of Salford, Rabbi Doyan Golditch and a representative of the Free. Churches.

Marchers will wear a White Flower emblem bearing the words "Protect Unborn Children." The emblems will be dropped in containers, symbolic of the deaths by abortion of innocent, unborn children.

Bamboo Curtain diplomat dies

The last Papal representative to be expelled from behind the Bamboo Curtain, Columban Father Terence O'Driscoll, has died in Rome at the age of 52. Ile spent eight years in Hanoi, North Vietnam's capital, before his expulsion in 1959.

Since 1961 he served as the Columban Fathers' representative at the Holy See.

Giving up a promising career in the Civil Service in Ireland, Fr. O'Driscotl joined the Columbans in 1940. A classmate once remarked of him: "He was the type of fellow you couldn't push around. In a showdown, I think he'd stick his heels in the ground."




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