Thousands Rally in London to Support the Unborn at March for Life UK

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Over the weekend, a sea of pro-life advocates, estimated by police at 7,000 strong, descended upon the streets of London to participate in the annual March for Life UK.

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Under the rallying cry of “Freedom to Live,” participants marched to Parliament Square on Saturday, facing opposition and heckling from pro-abortion activists along the way.

The event featured a lineup of prominent pro-life speakers, who passionately addressed the gathered crowd. Among them was March for Life Co-Director Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, whose personal ordeal exemplified the challenges faced by pro-life activists.

Vaughan-Spruce shared her experience of being arrested while silently praying near an abortion clinic, citing the contentious public spaces protection order (PSPO) that restricted pro-life activities in the vicinity, including prayer and providing information to women seeking alternatives to abortion.

Despite being found not guilty in her first arrest, Vaughan-Spruce was arrested a second time for praying silently within a PSPO zone near an abortion clinic, and her formal charges are still pending. In her impassioned address in Parliament Square, she declared, “On the second time I was arrested, I was told my prayers were an offense. I’ll tell you what is offensive: that our country has the highest ever abortion figures, 100,000 of them annually being repeat abortions, and the only response we see happening in our government is a clampdown on those who peacefully offer alternatives to pregnant women.”

Lois McClatchie-Miller from Alliance Defending Freedom expressed concerns about the mantra “my body, my choice,” suggesting that it has led to a deficit of male responsibility, allowing men to evade their responsibilities by simply saying, “your body, your choice, your problem.”

Scott Klusendorf, president of The Life Training Institute, urged fellow pro-lifers to have confidence in making their case persuasively, emphasizing the importance of effective communication in the ongoing debate.

The March for Life UK garnered support from various Christian leaders, including Catholic Bishops John Sherrington, Richard Moth, and John Keenan, as well as the Free Church of England Priest, the Rev. Calvin Robinson. A young woman identified only as Ellie shared a deeply personal and heartbreaking experience of abortion trauma, recounting the lasting impact on her life. “I instinctively knew when it was time to go to the toilet and deliver my baby. That moment of separation is burned into my memory forever,” she said. “I think I can speak for every post-abortive woman who stood here today that abortion didn’t grant us freedom but made us captives in one way or another.”

Prominent Tory MP Sir Edward Leigh was also present at the march, expressing his support via Twitter, stating, “Great to see so many turn out for this weekend’s March for Life UK — defending the rights of the most vulnerable in our society.”

As the March for Life UK concludes for this year, organizers have set ambitious goals for their 10th anniversary next year. They aim to gather 10,000 pro-life advocates in London, emphasizing their commitment to defending the rights of the unborn and raising awareness of the complex issues surrounding abortion.

The event, marked by impassioned speeches, personal stories, and a strong display of pro-life solidarity, serves as a reminder that the debate on abortion remains a deeply polarizing and contested issue in the UK, with passionate advocates on both sides of the spectrum continuing to voice their concerns and convictions.

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