When it comes to abortion, silence is complicity

In her sitcom role as imperious ex-chatelaine Audrey fforbes-Hamilton in To The Manor Born, Penelope Keith once claimed: “I represent the silent majority.” It is tempting to take refuge in such a thought, telling oneself that eventually right-thinking will prevail on the issue of abortion. That killing your child is an abhorrent solution to an unwanted pregnancy seems self-evident to me, and indeed to a silent majority – even of those who choose it.

This is precisely why abortion is the last taboo – the only thing you won’t see on screens or in graphic pictures – and precisely why, although millions of women have undergone an abortion, it is not discussed. This is why the industry promoting it cloaks it in euphemisms about “pregnancy care” and why there is a virtual media blackout on stories like the Gosnell case.

But 50 years on from the legalisation of abortion in England it is no good keeping silent and hoping that reason will prevail. I must witness to the humanity of the most defenceless in our society and to the damage that abortion causes those who choose it. Which is why I joined the March for Life in Birmingham last weekend: not to protest, but to witness and pray, so that when I come to judgment and Jesus asks what I did for the least of his brethren, in this case I can say I made some tiny effort to show that more than eight million babies already aborted in my lifetime was not something done with my tacit consent.

The pro-abortion protesters who tried to disrupt the rally in Victoria Square and the march actually hardened my conviction that there is a need for peaceful activism, for confrontation – by which I mean simply the willingness to look those who champion abortion in the eye, to be present at such rallies and outside abortion mills in the name of the humanity of those they would kill, to advert to the truth that this is neither a medical procedure nor without consequence for all concerned.

The weapons of the Evil One are concealment and lies, which is why abortion will not be countered by a polite silence, nor even by a silent majority. And while I understand and have enormous sympathy with mothers who choose an abortion out of fear, because they themselves are the victims of the culture of death, this in no way legitimises the act they choose or makes it less abhorrent.

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