Queen Elizabeth II signed the 1967 Abortion Act. As head of the Church of England and head of State, she has never made her opinion on abortion known. Once a bill completes all the parliamentary stages in both Houses of Parliament, it is ready to receive royal assent. This is when the Queen formally agrees to make the bill an Act of Parliament (law).
During the coronation oath, the Queen made the utmost promise to maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel. How can unborn children not be considered her subjects as persons?
Not all European Monarchs have opted to acquiesce on the issue of abortion. In 1990 the Belgium King resigned for a day to avoid a new law permitting abortion. More recently in 2012, the Prince of Lichtenstein moved to block abortion legalization by declaring he would veto a change in the law. Alois II told Lichtenstein’s parliament:
“The royal family is not willing to undertake its political responsibilities unless the prince has necessary tools at his disposal. If the people are no longer open to that, the royal family will not want to undertake its political responsibilities and will completely withdraw from political life.”
If the Queen had chosen to temporarily abdicate over the Abortion Act 1967 it would have created a constitutional crisis that would have made it clear that the Government had passed a grossly immoral law which had attacked Christian morality and the natural law. In 2008, James Mawdsley petitioned the Queen to not give Royal Assent to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill. The blog mad monarchist has a list of European monarchs and national abortion laws here. In 2012, the Queen honoured former International Planned Parenthood Director General with the award of Commander of the British Empire.
In 2010 Nicholas Windsor, the cousin of the Queen wrote a compelling article for First Things Magazine on how Europeans should not forget how abortion is their most pressing moral issue.
He described abortion as a historically unprecedented cascade of destruction wrought on individuals.
Although the Queen herself has never expressed her own opinion on abortion, members of her family have been less subtle in their expression on population control, homosexuality and family planning. 3 out of 4 of the Queen’s children are divorced. Silence on abortion becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.
Prince Philip has opened a family planning centre three times of Margaret Pyke, a contraception advocate and family planning pioneer. While visiting, he joked to the staff saying, “At least you are all legitimate.” He is reported to have said, “We need to ‘cull’ the surplus population. In the event I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.”
The previous year, 1987, in a speech in London, Philip denounced what he called “the new economic religion of development”:
“…The simple fact is that the human population of the world is consuming natural renewable resources faster than it can regenerate, and the process of exploitation is causing even further damage. If this is already happening with a population of 4 billions, I ask you to imagine what things will be like when the population reached 6 and then 10 billion… All this has been made possible by the industrial revolution and the scientific explosion and it is spread around the world by the new economic religion of development.”
And in 1981, Philip declared in an interview with People magazine:
Human population growth is probably the single most serious long-term threat to survival. We’re in for a major disaster if it isn’t curbed — not just for the natural world, but for the human world. The more people there are, the more resources they’ll consume, the more population they’ll create, the more fighting they will do. We have no option. If it isn’t controlled voluntarily, it will be controlled involuntarily by an increase in disease, starvation, and war.”
Prince Charles has called for greater population control in the developing world and has hailed the success of ‘family planning services; in some countries. Prince William has recently indicated he may be a population control advocate just like his father, claiming there are too many people on the planet. William accepted an LGBT award and appeared on the front page cover of the Gay magazine Attitude after an interview. Just a few months ago, Prince William’s family man image took a hit when footage showed him dancing drunkenly around the waist of some mystery woman while visiting Switzerland. But his wife Kate is now expecting child number 3.