The Anglican Church in Melbourne does not have a definitive viewpoint on abortion.

The Anglican Church has predominantly been silent about abortion. Yet it is something which impacts upon many families and which is extremely sensitive for many people. Many Anglicans have had very difficult experiences surrounding abortion or the decision as to whether or not to have an abortion. Beliefs and opinions tend to be quite polarised.

I therefore ask you to exercise great discretion and sensitivity in discussing abortion, whether you are a member of the clergy or a pastoral minister, a chaplain, a lay person in a parish, or a staff member of an Anglican agency. I recommend that you invite people who have been directly affected by abortion to speak about it with someone they trust and to seek prayer.

Words from Archbishop Philip Freier.


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