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The Catholic Action Group (C.A.G) is publicly calling on the BBC to help in informing the British public by means of a balanced televised abortion debate. This ideally should be in the run up to the forthcoming general election. The debate should be based on successful formulas used on similar events such as were televised in the lead up to the Gulf War.

C.A.G is encouraged that Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, in what is seen by many as an out of character moment, spoke out publicly for the first time on abortion and thereby raised its current political profile. This coincidently happened only two weeks after C.A.G requested the English Catholic Bishops to be less quiet on the Abortion issue, through its Red Nose Day boycott press release issued on 8 March 05.

Chris Walsh (Ex-SPUC Chairman) the group’s newly appointed pro-life spokesperson stated “Abortion is a topic that needs to be debated publicly and fairly. I am convinced that the more fully informed people are, the better choices they will make and the more babies can be saved. There has not been a fair public televised debate on this issue and we would hope that the BBC can rise to the challenge in the coming weeks. If the BBC can spend licence fee resources on the screening of the much criticised Jerry Springer Show earlier this year, then it can surely do the same for this much more important issue”

As a Catholic organisation whose sole aim is to promote Catholic Truth, John Gunn, the group’s national coordinator commented “For Catholics, Abortion is one of the non-negotiables as will be seen in our voters guide soon to be released. For non-Catholics, a frank and honest debate is a good way of letting them know the real casualties of this unjust abortion law, namely the selfish silent killing of defenceless and innocent pre-born babies. These babies, 6 million killed since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed, could easily have helped in putting the Great back into Britain and seriously contributed to the pension funding gap that is now on the horizon. In Britain today, foxes, now have more rights in this country than some humans, which to any person possessing common sense is ludicrous”.

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