Ok, this is going to be fun: today we’re talking about anti-choice group SPUC – the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children – and their latest campaign against…gay marriage.
Let’s work with them here and see what the reasoning might be, by looking at this handy position paper which they’ve put out to explain “why SPUC, as a pro-life campaigning organisation, campaigns against same-sex unions”. I’ll quote the main points:
Marriage - the permanent, exclusive union of one man and one woman - is the basis of the family, the fundamental group unit of society. Upholding marriage is therefore in everyone’s interests
Marriage as an institution protects children, both born and unborn. Statistics show that unborn children are much safer within marriage than outside marriage.
Same-sex marriage lacks basic elements of true marriage e.g. the complementary sexual difference between spouses necessary for the procreation and healthy upbringing of children.
Same-sex marriage represents an attempt to redefine marriage, thus undermining marriage. This undermining lessens the protection for unborn children which true marriage provides.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m sensing a logic fail here.
The paper goes on to say:
Abortion figures reveal the importance of marriage as an institution oriented towards the care and protection of children: in the UK babies conceived outside of marriage are about 4-5 times more likely to be aborted than those conceived inside marriage.
Now, to me that reads like an argument for making marriage more, not less, prevalent, but I think what they’re driving at here is that if men are allowed to go round marrying each other, there’ll be fewer of them available for women to marry, so when women get pregnant there’ll be no one to marry them and therefore they’ll more likely to have an abortion. OBVIOUSLY.
We’re highlighting SPUC’s campaign as a reminder that, despite the moderate, ‘pro-woman’ language anti-choice groups have adopted in recent years, they are among the most socially conservative on a range of issues – gay rights, sex education, contraception, IVF, even the role of women outside the home.
The Conservative leadership is now keen to be seen as supportive of gay marriage, for fear of seeming backward. We must remind them that the mainstream majority in this country is pro-choice too.
Coming up next week: What the SPUC Part 2. Stay tuned!