Statement by the Society bishops on abortion


[27 Nov 2019] Conscious that the issue of abortion is under renewed discussion, we reaffirm our adherence to the Church of England’s longstanding commitments on this issue. 

We pledge ourselves to oppose any legislation involving further liberalization of the law in respect of abortion that may be introduced by any future UK government.

We invite all Christians preparing to cast their vote in the forthcoming General Election to reflect on all issues which touch on the dignity and well-being of the human person. Furthermore we advise that parishes and individual Christians take the initiative of asking any of their parliamentary candidates what their view is on this issue and how they would vote if legislation came before the Commons.

+ TONY WAKEFIELD               The Rt Rev Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield, Chairman

+ GLYN BEVERLEY                 The Rt Rev Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley

+ PHILIP BURNLEY                 The Rt Rev Philip North, Bishop of Burnley

+ MARTIN CICESTR:               The Rt Rev Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

+ JONATHAN EBBSFLEET     The Rt Rev Jonathan Goodall, Bishop of Ebbsfleet

+ JONATHAN FULHAM            The Rt Rev Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham

+ NORMAN RICHBOROUGH   The Rt Rev Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough