Pregnancy:Written question - 240954

(South Holland and The Deepings)
Asked on: 04 April 2019
Church Commissioners
To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church is taking to support women with unplanned pregnancies.
Answered by: Dame Caroline Spelman
Answered on: 08 April 2019

The Church of England provides a wide range of pastoral care through its national network of 12,600 parishes and 18,000 active ordained clergy assisted by 10,000 licensed lay ministers. This care is offered to all regardless of Church affiliation or religious belief. The most effective pastoral care builds a relationship through which a person can be accompanied through difficult situations - rather than offering a service in which the person becomes the client.

Pastoral care at parish level is extended to women with unwanted pregnancies on the basis that ‘Every possible support, especially by Church members, needs to be given to those who are pregnant in difficult circumstances and care, support and compassion must be shown to all whether or not they continue with their pregnancy.’ (General Synod July 2017: written answer was given by the Chair of Mission and Public Affairs Council in response to a question on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act).

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