Church apathy on abortion
By A Staff Reporter A letter accusing the Church of England of apathy in the fight against abortion, signed by more than 100 Anglicans, has been sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Michael Ramsey.
It says that "the general apathy of Anglicans and their leaders in the present situation has done more to bring the Church of England into disrepute than any other issue in the past fifty years."
The letter was organised by Mr. Nicholas Fogg, 29. editor of Christian Action. The cosignatories include doctors, nurses, clergymen, theological students and others. Copies have been sent to all the Anglican bishops.
"Doctors are being blackmailed by some politicians to act as technicians in an attempt to overcome problems for which society refuses to accept responsibility," the letter goes on.
"We feel that as a Church we should fight for better social conditions and more adequate help for unsupported mothers, rather than allow politicians to. try to use abortion as a cheap and easy way out of such problems."
Mr. Fogg said this week : "More and more young people like myself feel concern that our Church leaders rarely speak out unless they are confident that what they have to say is in the popular trend. This has ' come to be classified as 'Compassion.' Personally I would describe it as a lack of moral courage."
• The rapid growth and achievements of "Let Live," a six-monthold pregnancy advisory service, will be described by its founder, Dr. Mary Belton, at a' public meeting in London next Thursday, at St. George's Catholic Cathedral, Southwark, at 8 p.m. "Let Live" offered expert advice and accommodation to expectant mothers who might otherwise have abortions, said Dr. Belton. Branches already existed in Hartlepool and Sunderland, Co. Durham; Chippertham, Wiltshire: and London. Others were due to open soon at Guildford and Sutton, Surrey, and Wimbledon, London.
• Paris. A group of anti-abortion lawyers, judges and law professors released a statement signed by 3,423 jurists that liberalisation of France's strict abortion law would be a first step towards "Nazi practices."
The statement, to be sent to all parliamentarians, said jurists could not support, by their silence, a legislative reform "which would amount to the murder of innocent and defenceless being."