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UK's biggest Christian festival bans pro-life group

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Issued on behalf of Abort67

Press Release

For Immediate Release

21 May 2014

UK’s biggest Christian festival bans pro-life group

  • is abortion too hot a topic for the church?
  • why are Christians burying the abortion issue?

Photo call: Big Church Day Out festival, 24th & 25th May at Wiston House, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3DZ

The largest Christian festival in the UK has banned a pro-life group from having an exhibit at its annual event, despite covering other life issues such as poverty, human trafficking and the environment. 

The Big Church Day Out attracts 20,000 visitors annually with entertainment by the biggest names in Christian music, while also stating in its core values that, “the event provides an opportunity to promote social justice and missions issues, by giving a platform to various organizations, and allowing them to engage a wider audience in their vision.”

Abort67 describes itself as a public education project, displaying large images of aborted foetuses to show the public what abortion really involves, with the aim of “making abortion unthinkable”. For the past four years Abort67 has been refused a stall at the event, despite assurances that there would be no aborted images on display, and only leaflets and foetal models to show the developmental stages of the pre-born child. 

This year Abort67 is planning to exhibit a large display leading to the entrance of the festival location, so all 20,000 visitors can be presented with the reality of abortion for the pre-born child. 

‘This is not a protest, but a plea for help’ will be the slogan of one of its banners.

Andy Stephenson, founder of Abort67, says: “Frankly we are dismayed that the church which claim to be pro-life is blatantly ignoring the plight of the pre-born child. The church in this nation has been on a “Day Out” over this issue for the past 46 years - the Big Church Day Out event is making more of a deal about their carbon offsetting than about the fact that babies are being systematically tortured to death.”

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