A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO RESCUE UNBORN CHILDREN
This paper argues that Britons have a right under the British Constitution to rescue unborn children from death at the abortuaries. The argument is that the constitutional documents of this nation establish that we are a Christian nation, have an established Christian Church and a Queen who vows on oath at her coronation to uphold "the laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel". In this situation it follows that the British have a right to behave as Christians. Christianity demands loving our neighbour as ourselves and the unborn child is our neighbour. Let us take these various components part by part.
At her coronation, the Queen vows solemnly to uphold the laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel. Any citizen is obviously entitled to do the same. Looking in the Gospel for a distinction between God's laws and man's, we find Jesus telling the Pharisees to give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's.
The most elementary reading of the Gospels tells us that God has laid down His own commandments which man must not interfere with. Concerning marriage, for example, He tells us, "What God has united, man must not divide" (Matt 19, 6.) God has instituted marriage, God has made it indissoluble and man does not have
the authority to dissolve it. Some things are God's, some things are delegated to man.
The whole ten commandments come from God and are endorsed by Jesus in His conversations with the Pharisees and lawyers. In speaking of the commandments, Jesus boils the ten down to two - love of God above all things and love of our neighbour as ourselves. Man does not have the authority to abolish these laws.
When Jesus is asked who is our neighbour He responds by telling us in the parable of the Good Samaritan how to be neighbourly. The conclusion to go and do as the Samaritan and not as the priest or Levite is an order to go to the help of anyone in need.
We come therefore to the question of our unborn neighbour in the scriptures. Nowhere does scripture ever belittle the status of the unborn child, and in significant passages of the Gospel indicates the greatest possible reverence for the life of the child in the womb. The key passage concerns John the Baptist in his mother's womb and Jesus in His mother's womb at the Visitation. In preparation for the conception of John the Baptist, his father Zechariah receives an apparition described in the first chapter of St. Luke. The Angel Gabriel explains to him that the child will be great in the sight of God and continues, "Even from his mother's womb he will be filled with