British Pro-Life Leader Tells SPUC Conference: More Abortion Than War Deaths

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 7, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

British Pro-Life Leader Tells SPUC Conference: More Abortion Than War Deaths

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 7
, 2009

London, England ( — As pro-life advocates from nations across the world gathered to address the national conference of England-based Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), the group’s executive director closed the conference with a passionate speech.

John Smeaton, the national director of the pro-life group, told the audience how the number of unborn children killed via abortion outpaces the number of soldiers who died in World War II.

The death-toll of World War II was a tragic prelude to the far greater slaughter by abortion and euthanasia that has happened since, Smeaton explained. Deaths of unborn children worldwide through abortion vastly outnumber the total of military and civilian war deaths.

He said about 55 million people were killed during the 1939-45 war but that 57 million unborn children have been killed since 1967 in Britain and the United States of America alone.

That total does not include unborn children killed via drugs that can cause abortions or embryonic stem cell research or so-called medical cloning.

Some "70 years on we’re not fighting Nazi tyranny but the tyranny of politicians who promote legislation worldwide that destroys the lives of unborn children," he told delegates.

"We are also fighting the tyranny of politicians who undermine the Catholic Church’s pro-life resistance to such legislation," he added in comments provided to

"Tragically, the history of the past 43 years — since the current British abortion law was introduced — is a history of ever-growing, calamitous attacks on the right to life by governments and parliaments in country after country throughout the world, thereby abusing and flagrantly failing to abide by their commitments and obligations under international agreements to respect the right to life,’ Smeaton told conference-goers.

Smeaton told the participants that they also have to be on their guard to protect human life at the end of the spectrum.

"Neither can we ignore widespread killings through euthanasia, not least in Britain, where the government’s silent euthanasia policy is clearly taking a grip throughout the country," he said.

The SPUC leader’s address came just days after a group of experts in care for the terminally ill wrote to the Daily Telegraph claiming that the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) can lead to fluid and drugs being withdrawn, resulting in a premature death. They said some patients put on continuous sedation until they pass away under the NHS guidelines are wrongly judged as close to death.

Smeaton said this was just "the tip of the iceberg" in relation to euthanasia practices in hospitals.

Alison Davis, the national coordinator of SPUC’s disability rights division No Less Human, told the conference that the guidance was "very disturbing."

She said: "Some people are not dying naturally – they are being pushed into death. They are having food and fluid withdrawn."

The Daily Mail, a popular UK newspaper, recently featured the experience of Felicity Smart , whose neighbor, though relatively healthy, died after three days under the LCP. Smart challenged the nurses and doctors over her neighbor’s care, but was unable to save her life.

SPUC’s Patients First Network (PFN), which helps patients and their advocates fight euthanasia supported Mrs Smart.

PFN, which is available to help anyone concerned about relatives or friends under threat from euthanasia, recently help save the life of a man with learning difficulties in a west country hospital.

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