The Christian church was asleep. The act was passed in a half-empty House of Commons.
Last year, according to Government figures, 201,567 babies died by abortion in England, Wales and Scotland.That's over 16,000 a month, nearly 4,000 a week, over 550 each day. Over the past 48 years, over seven million babies have died from legally permitted abortion - equivalent to a tenth of the total population.
The number of babies who die from abortion in the UK each day equals two Lockerbie disasters. The number of babies aborted each week is greater than the number of people killed at the World Trade Centre on 9/11. The number aborted in two years exceeds the number of British casualties in the whole of the Second World War.
Of last year's abortions, 98 per cent were carried out for so-called social reasons. Less than two per cent were carried out because of suspected handicap.
Next Tuesday, October 27, is the National Day of Prayer about abortion. Can we arrange a prayer meeting in our town? Can we pray with our church, our house group or our youth group? Can we pray with friends? Can we pray at home?
You can find information to help with prayer here.