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June 21, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Abortions rose to record levels in the U.K. and at least one American state in 2020 as abortion pill use skyrocketed during the COVID-19 crisis.
Recent data from the British government earlier this month revealed that 210,860 abortions were committed in England and Wales in 2020 – the highest number since the U.K. broadly legalized abortion in 1967. The statistics, published by the Department for Health and Social Care, noted an increase of 1,341 abortions from the previous record high in 2019.
There were 3,083 abortions sought due to disability and 693 of those were related to Down syndrome diagnoses, Right to Life UK said. “There were also 35 abortions where the baby had cleft lip or cleft palate, an increase of 105.88 percent from 2019,” the group added.
Pro-life advocates pointed out that the spike in abortions came as British Health Secretary Matt Hancock introduced ‘DIY’ abortions last March amid the pandemic.
“This significant rise in abortions coincides with the temporary measures allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions in the UK,” Right to Life UK said. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children likewise slammed the “catastrophic loss of unborn life arising from the government’s dangerous policy on abortion,” which resulted in a “devastating surge in abortion numbers.”
DIY abortion involves abortionists mailing abortion pills after a phone or virtual consolation rather than actually examining pregnant women. The top abortion pill, mifepristone, poses even greater risks to women than already-dangerous surgical abortions, and has been linked to at least 24 maternal deaths and thousands of potential injuries, though it can be reversed within 72 hours.
Britain’s authorization of DIY abortion unsurprisingly has been followed by reports of possibly illegal abortions, excruciating complications, and at one least police investigation into a murder of a late-term baby. The U.K. nevertheless is considering making the rule change permanent.
Eighty-two percent of abortions in England and Wales last year were chemical abortions (committed with abortion pills), up from 73 percent in 2019, according to health department statistics.
"No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." - Matthew 6:24
In the lead-up to their meeting in mid-June, we call on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to exclude Joe Biden and other “Catholic” politicians (like, Nancy Pelosi) from Holy Communion over their public, obstinate, and scandalous promotion of abortion.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the USCCB to act to stop the abuse of the reception of the Holy Eucharist by politicians who promote the murder of innocent pre-born babies.
We know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.
Indeed, Canon Law (Canon 915) declares that those who persist in manifest, grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion.
Beyond that, at this point, public excommunication appears as the only suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of promoting abortion.
In doing so, we do not hold ourselves up as judges over Joe Biden's eternal soul, but we encourage the bishops to make known one of the consequences of public and obstinate support of abortion by our 'Catholic' politicians.
The fact is, in terms of the manifest, grave sin of abortion, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be before the election.
Therefore, it is cold comfort that the USCCB is only preparing to discuss this issue only now.
But even now, if the USCCB publicly excommunicate Biden for his pro-abortion stance (as well as other pro-abortion politicians), the Conference could reclaim some of the moral authority which they lost by their largely silent assent to Biden's candidacy.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, now.
Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing orders and bills which facilitate the destruction of unborn human life.
- In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.
- Biden also signed (instead of vetoing) the COVID relief bill, which, for the first time in 44 years, contained funding for abortions in America, using taxpayer dollars.
- Biden said that he wouldn't defend Hyde, and he hasn't.
And, if he and the Democratic Party get their way, a lot more of the same regarding abortion is on the way.
Strong action must be taken lest anyone, especially young people, be confused by the scandal of a "Catholic" in Biden's position aggressively promoting abortion, enabling the killing of innocent human beings.
American rank-and-file Catholics don't want any more compromise and equivocation from the Bishops Conference on this "pre-eminent" life-and-death issue.
We want clear action, not twenty more years of dithering and "dialoguing."
50 million babies have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe!
So, we will NOT accept any more lives lost as a result of dithering and "dialoguing." [**Please see "Notes" below about how it has been reported that some senior U.S. clerics are trying to prevent this discussion from even taking place.]
And, we will especially NOT accept one life lost to abortion by politicians who claim the Catholic Faith, but who promote grave evil. God forbid!
With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by not imposing public canonical penalties on a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.
The bishops are now at a crossroads and must choose either God or mammon.
We call on them to choose God and choose Life!
And we also continue to encourage those brave, true and good bishops who have done well to warn Amercian Catholics about the perils to the unborn and the Faith resulting from Biden's promotion of abortion!
SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.
After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.
The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/joe-biden-i-support-abortion-under-any-circumstance
Biden administration has opened the way for ‘abortion by mail on a massive scale’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-administration-unleashed-by
‘Catholic’ Biden marks Roe v. Wade anniversary with pledge to make abortion available for ‘everyone’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-biden-marks-roe-v-wade-anniversary-with-pledge-to-make-abortion-available-for-everyone
BREAKING: DC archbishop affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Joe Biden - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-dc-archbishop-affirms-he-will-give-holy-communion-to-pro-abortion-joe-biden
Vatican puts brakes on US bishops confronting problem of pro-abortion Biden receiving Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-puts-brakes-on-us-bishops-confronting-problem-of-pro-abortion-biden-receiving-holy-communion
Abp. Aquila backs call for pro-abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to be denied Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion
Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-floats-excommunication-for-biden-over-his-aggressive-promotion-of-abortion
Biden’s HHS is lying about Title X to push abortion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bidens-hhs-is-lying-about-title-x-to-push-abortion
List of US bishops for and against denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden, Pelosi - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/list-of-us-bishops-for-and-against-denying-communion-to-pro-abortion-politicians-like-biden-pelosi
Notes about USCCB's June Meeting:
For nearly twenty years, the US bishops have been dithering about whether or not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians by formally withholding Holy Communion from them.
Their indecision on this gravely scandalous matter is a scandal in itself, but one of the biggest obstacles has been internal opposition from senior U.S. bishops.
And, although the faces have changed in the last 20 years, their morally-and-intellectually-challenged arguments against excommunication have not changed.
Liberal bishops of the USCCB say that excommunicating Biden (for example) would divide the Church, divide the bishops, and would politicize the reception of Holy Communion.
Indeed, in the name of “unity,” it is reported that some senior U.S. clerics, including Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Washington, DC) and Cardinal O’Malley (Boston), have been working overtime to prevent any substantial discussion of so-called “Eucharist coherence” (that is, what qualifies as worthy reception of Holy Communion).
It is also reported that at least 57 other American bishops allegedly joined these Cardinals in a recent letter to the Head of the Bishops Conference, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, to try to pressure him to drop the planned discussion at the full meeting of bishops in June.
And now, even the Vatican is getting involved, with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggesting that even more “dialogue” is needed.
These same clerics may mistakenly believe that any attempt to suppress the objective connection between a politician’s promotion of abortion and his unworthy reception of Holy Communion will fool anyone.
But, it will not.
Rank-and-file Catholics are not stupid and can smell compromise a mile away, and we’ve had enough.
With all due respect to the Cardinal, bishops, and the Vatican…those who fail to act diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by “dialoguing” with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging the bishops Conference to take action at their June meeting to exclude pro-abortion Joe Biden and other abortion-promoting “Catholic” politicians from Holy Communion.
***Photo Credit: Claire Chretien / LifeSiteNews
Abortion figures for Scotland depict a similar trend. Official figures from Public Health Scotland last month show abortions rising to a 12-year high in 2020. The country’s abortion rate jumped to 13.4 from 13.2, reaching the highest rate recorded since Scottish abortion restrictions were loosened in 1991, the Christian Post reported.
The number of abortions in Scotland (13,815) was the second highest on record, Right to Life UK said, again blaming the increase on DIY abortions.
‘Tele-abortion’ in the United States
“At-home abortion” or “tele-abortion” also proliferated in the United States last year despite attempts by the Trump administration to mandate in-person pickup of mifepristone.
Research has shown that women requested “self-managed” chemical abortions at a 27 percent higher rate in the early months of COVID-19 in the United States while the amount of women trying to obtain abortion drugs through TelAbortion, a virtual abortion program active in certain states, doubled last spring.
Among states that have released abortion data for 2020, even those with in-person abortion requirements have been hit with a massive abortion pill surge. Kansas, for example, reported a record abortion spike, as in the U.K., with the largest yearly increase since 1995.
Though Kansas is one of 19 states that effectively bans tele-abortion, according to the pro-abortion Kaiser Family Foundation, abortions still rose 9.1 percent, killing an additional 626 babies. Nearly all of the increase can be accounted for by chemical abortions, which continued apace throughout the COVID-19 crisis as Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly kept abortion clinics open as she shuttered churches and businesses.
Arkansas, which mandates in-person dispensing of abortion pills and has achieved the lowest state abortion rate in decades, still saw an upturn last year, again driven by mifepristone.
Other states were likely hit harder. Iowa, with relatively strong pro-life laws but no ban on abortion pills by mail, has been one of the handful of states involved in the TelAbortion program. Even before COVID-19, Iowa experienced a stunning 24 percent rise in abortions between 2018 and 2019, largely due to chemical abortions. States that have participated in TelAbortion also include Georgia and Montana, though Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte was one of several Republican governors to enact bans on tele-abortion this year.
The Biden administration has accelerated abortion by mail, lifting FDA dispensing rules in April and moving U.S. policy in line with that of the U.K. The shift is set to last as long as COVID-19 is deemed a pandemic, though Democrats and the abortion lobby are fighting to enshrine it.
For emergency medical help to reversal a drug-induced abortion, immediately call the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) hotline at: (877) 558-0333.