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"The Lord called me before I was born,
All human life is of infinite value but, sadly, destruction of children before birth has become commonplace and there are further calls to end lives some consider of no value. Pope Francis has written in Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) paragraph 213:
"Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent among us ... a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems".
Find the full text of EVANGELII GAUDIUM here
We are a group which is part of a national pro-life organisation, working to protect vulnerable human life endangered by abortion and euthanasia. Abortion is a subject that many people prefer to ignore, but we challenge the prevailing view, found even amongst Christians, that abortion is a regrettable but acceptable response to an unwanted pregnancy.
Our aim is to encourage in our country the respect that all members of the human family deserve, and to support policies that assist those who, even though they might be in difficult circumstances, wish to protect human life.
We are a non-denominational, voluntary group and meet every 4 - 6 weeks, alternately in Chichester and Bognor Regis. The group was founded in 1992 under the leadership of the late Peter Hunt, a well-known Chichester Anglican. The first meeting was in the Ship Hotel in Chichester. Canon Dermot Fogarty was a constant supporter until his death in 2012. He composed this prayer which is used at group meetings:
After lengthy planning and fund-raising under the leadership of Barrie Williams we erected this memorial in Arundel cemetery near the cathedral in 2009.
It has become a focus of healing and peace for those affected by the loss of a child before birth. Flowers and mementos are often left there and it is cared for by a team of volunteers.
The memorial is included in the annual Blessing of Graves service held at the cemetery each November. This prayer composed by the group is said at the memorial:
The prayer is based on prayers left by mourners at the memorial.
We are always glad to welcome new members. With more members we could do more, for example:
If you would like to find out more please contact Maria Whitehouse on 01903 884971 or Anne Shardlow on 01243 783618 or come to a meeting. Meetings are publicised in parish newsletters.
Abortion can affect people for many years because, however early an abortion takes place, a mother and a father lose a child. Emotional, spiritual and psychological support is available from:
Options, based in Chichester at 2 New Town, Chichester, PO19 1UG, offers face-to-face and telephone counselling phone 01243 784177
The Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline is a national telephone service. Phone 0845 6038501.
Rachel's Vineyard offers weekend retreats for women seeking to renew their lives see www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk or phone 07505 904656.
LIFE Charity: National Helpline 0808 802 5433 www.lifecharity.org.uk
Text to talk: text LIFECARE (followed by your message) to 88020
The Good Counsel Network: www.goodcounsel.co.uk
Options: Face-to-face and telephone counselling for people experiencing a crisis pregnancy. Contact 2 New Town Chichester PO19 1UG. Phone: 01243 784177
Care Confidential: on line counselling available at www.careconfidential.com
Right to Life www.righttolifetrust.org.uk
40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com