Pray for Peace in Ukraine

Let us pray with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine that God will have mercy on their nation. Pray for peace between Russia and Ukraine and for the protection of those caught up in the fighting.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the LORD, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
“With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation.”

Psalm 91

Do not forget our brothers and sisters in Myanmar, whose suffering at the hands of the military government goes largely unreported.

Threat to Unborn Babies Averted

We praise the Lord that a proposed amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that would have permitted abortion up to birth for any reason was withdrawn yesterday.

New Clause 55, lodged by Dame Diana Johnson MP, sought to repeal all legal safeguards pertaining to abortion in England and Wales. If it had been approved, it would have:

  • Opened the door to abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth;
  • Removed the requirement for a doctor to be involved;
  • Removed conscience protections for medics who object to abortion;
  • Opened the door to controversial ‘sex-selective’ abortions.

Ms Johnson withdrew the amendment before it went to a vote.

Rupa Huq MP also decided not to take her amendment, which would have introduced a gaol sentence of up to two years for offering support to women outside abortion clinics nationwide, to a vote.

We commend all those MPs who spoke up in opposition to the amendment, including Fiona Bruce and Danny Kruger.

Right to Life reports:

Polling from Savanta ComRes on whether time limits for abortion should be increased shows that only 1% of women want the time limit to be extended; in contrast, 70% of women favour a reduction in time limits. The polling also showed that 77% of women agree that doctors should be required to verify in person that a patient seeking an abortion is not under pressure from a third party to undergo the abortion, and 91% of women agree that gender-selective abortion should be explicitly banned by the law.

A poll from Savanta ComRes released last week showed that only 21% of the population support the introduction of nationwide ‘censorship zones’ around abortion clinics. It showed that support was lowest among 18 to 34-year-olds, with only 15% supporting the introduction of nationwide ‘censorship zones’ around abortion clinics.

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