Life Issues

08/03/2016 11:18 am

Protecting and promoting life remains a key issue for the Bishops’ Conference. The recent defeat of the Assisted Dying bill, by 330 to 118, marks a victory for all campaigning for life, and it would not have been possible without the support of all those who wrote to their MPs expressing their concern with the bill. 

Advocacy - Life issues

“All life has inestimable value even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”

Pope Francis’ message on the Day for Life, July 2013.

To build on the recent success for life, our new focus is on improving palliative care for all, as highlighted by Archbishop Peter Smith in the aftermath of the bill. For his statement and more information on the progress of the Access to Palliative Care bill, please see the update section below.

Last February, the House of Commons voted for the Government to conduct a review on gender based abortion, and we will hold the Government accountable for conducting this review. It will investigate the social or cultural reasons behind gender-based abortions, as well as suggesting how to tackle its causes. See the action section below for more details of who to write to in support of the Church’s position on this important issue.

2017 will be the 50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act, events will be planned to mark this milestone, refer back to this page for more details in future.


Archbishop Peter Smith’s response to the defeat of the Assisted Dying bill.

The Access to Palliative Care bill passed its Second Reading in the Lords, and will be considered in more detail in Committee Stage.

House of Commons debate, February 2015, on gender-based abortion and a government review.