CNA Staff, May 22, 2020 / 08:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
An English bishop has criticized the government for promoting at-home medical abortions during the coronavirus lockdown.
Speaking at a Mass for workers on the pandemic’s front line May 21, Bishop Mark Davies suggested the country would have to face “searching questions” in the wake of the crisis.
He said: “In the days to come we have some searching questions to ask as to how we valued the frailest members of society, whether the elderly dependent upon our care; or the unborn whose lives, and the well-being of whose mothers, were together assaulted by a sinister measure of the Department of Health to promote ‘do-it-yourself’ abortion in the first days of the crisis. Human life is truly valued only to the extent to which every human life is valued.”
In March, the U.K.’s Department of Health and Social Care announced that the country’s abortion laws were changing to allow women up to 10 weeks pregnant to complete a medical abortion at home after a telephone or online consultation with a doctor.
The change applied nationwide but only had practical effect in England as home administering of medical abortions is already permitted under Scottish and Welsh law.