7,000 attend the Pro-Life March in the United Kingdom - Many Youth and Catholic Bishops at the March4Life UK

Around 7,000 ProLife activists came to show their support for the idea of ​​protecting life. In Great Britain, abortion is legal up to 24 weeks of age, which is around the 6th month of pregnancy. During the rally, a speaker said that about one in five women who have had an abortion said they were pressured into having an abortion.
The pro-life bishop of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales preached in the service of the pro-life rally
"A society is called to give everyone the freedom to develop - but abortion destroys the freedom to live. This is the theme of this year's March for Life. Bishop John Sherrington, Chief Bishop for Life Issues and Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, said this in his sermon in the service before the big life protection rally, as the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales announced in a press release. "While the focus of this 'March for Life' is abortion, our prayers are also needed in relation to the debate over creating legislation and allowing 'assisted suicide,' or euthanasia as it is euphemistically called." This debate continues “at great speed and with public support.

ADF UK Reported - Polling data shows 70% of UK women would favour bringing UK 24-week abortion limit more into line with European standards (12-15 weeks)
7,000 march through central London in support of “better options than abortion” for women & unborn babies

Attendees of note included Sir Edward Leigh MP, who was pictured with a sign reading “abortion is not healthcare, healthcare doesn’t kill…”. Religious leader and GB News host Calvin Robinson and Catholic Bishop John Sherrington also attended the event, as well as political commentators such as Tim Stanley, Fleur Meston, Anna McGovern, Alice Grant, and Connor Tomlinson.

“With a push to decriminalise abortion up to full term on the horizon, there’s never been a more critical time to raise concerns about women’s health and wellbeing. So many have been left traumatised or hospitalised as the result of abortions, and almost 1 in 5 women who undergo this procedure say they felt pushed into it. In the UK, we have abortion up to 24 weeks – about 6 months – at which point the baby is well-developed and can feel pain. In 2023, women and their babies deserve far better than abortion. We’re pushing for a future where both lives in a pregnancy are protected and supported,” said ADF UK’s Lois McLatchie Miller, who spoke at the rally.

Ellie, a young woman who received post-abortive counselling from charity Rachel’s Vineyard, addressed the crowd about her experience of having undergone three abortions.

“I think I can speak for every post-abortive woman stood here today that abortion didn’t grant us freedom, but made us captives in one way or another.”

Proposals to extend the abortion limit in the UK up till birth fall outside of the support of most women in the country, according to polling data obtained by Savanta ComRes. Only 1% of women in Great Britain supported extending abortion time limits beyond 24 weeks, with another 1% favouring up to birth.

According to the same poll, 70% of women who favoured a reduction in time limits to earlier than 24 weeks.

Counter-protests dwarfed in numbers

Pro-abortion groups, advocating for abortion up to birth, held a small counter-protest, with support from London ANTIFA group “London Anti-fascist Assembly”, the “Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement (SWARM)” and a handful of others. The counter-protesters were vastly outnumbered by the thousands of people, of all ages, supporting positive pro-woman and pro-life messages.

Marching for Freedom

Co-director of the event, Isabel Vaughan-Spruce who also spoke, shared her experience of being arrested for praying silently near an abortion facility, as was captured on a viral video earlier this year.

“On the second time I was arrested I was told my prayers were an offence. I’ll tell you what is offensive – that our country has the highest ever abortion figures, with 100,000 of them annually being repeat abortions. The only response we see happening in or government is a clamp down on those who peacefully offer alternatives to pregnant women.”

After being found “not guilty” once already, Vaughan-Spruce is still awaiting news as to whether she will be charged for a second time for praying about abortion inside her head within a PSPO “buffer zone” in Birmingham. ADF UK are supporting her legal defence.

Father Sean Gough, who also faced criminal charges for praying in a censorial “buffer zone” including for a small “unborn lives matter” bumper sticker attached to his car, joined the march, holding up a drawing of the buffer sticker (image below). He was cleared of all charges earlier this year, also with support from ADF UK.

Organisers of the March for Life have already signalled plans for the 10th Anniversary of the event next year, hoping to gather over 10,000 people to raise their voices in support of mothers and unborn babies. Link to Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington's sermon on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales website:Bishop: “Let us witness the preciousness of human life”
Report from ADF UK and CBEW