Thursday, 2 April 2009

Obama and China best of friends when it comes to forced abortion

President Barack Obama met with Hu Jintao, the Chinese leader, yesterday at the G20 summit in London. I think the smiles say it all. Mr Obama recently lifted the funding bans on the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and other anti-life agencies which are complicit in China's one-child, forced abortion policy. I'm sure that makes Mr Hu very happy.

The late Dr John S. Aird, former senior China specialist at the U.S. Bureau for the Census, was one of the world's experts on the one-child policy. Shortly before his death in October 2005, Dr Aird wrote to SPUC: "[T]he new Chinese leadership under Hu Jintao seems to have taken, if anything, a still harder line on population control than its predecessor."

The warm attitude shown to the Chinese regime by Mr Obama and by Hilary Clinton, the new US secretary of state, reminds me of the warm relationship between Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state and Mao Zedong, the Communist dictator, in the 1970s. Indeed, it was Kissinger's infamous National Security Study Memorandum (NSSM) 200 of 1974 that set the stage for the Chinese to adopt a strict population control policy in co-operation with UN agencies in 1979. The belief that population growth, at home and/or or abroad, is bad for a country's economic and security interests rapidly became official dogma in America, China, the UK and many other countries.

After countless millions of abortions, as well as the effect of abortifacient "contraceptive" drugs and devices, and other anti-family practices, many countries now have no answer to the dilemma of how to provide for the growing proportion of their populations which is past retirement age.

For example, in the year 2000, of the population of Ukraine, 26% were children and 20% were elderly, making a total of 46% of the Ukrainian population categorised as dependent. It is predicted that by 2050, the proportion of children in the Ukrainian population will have fallen to 13%, whereas the proportion of elderly will have risen to 57%, making a total of 69% categorised as dependant. This represents an inversion of the usual population pyramid, in which a large base of working (i.e. income- and revenue-generating) citizens support a smaller base of non-working citizens.

So all the talk about stimulus packages to end the financial crisis is pointless without a plan to end the population crisis. Some tough choices are being made to end the financial crisis: company directors are being sacked and entrenched bad habits are being ended. Some tough choices need to be made to end the population crisis: many political leaders need to be sacked and abortion and other anti-life/anti-family practices need to end.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Resistance to abortion in Spain

Last Sunday pro-life marches were held simultaneously in the Spanish capital Madrid and other Spanish cities. The catalyst for the marches was the Zapatero government's proposed extension of legal abortion. LifeSite reports that "[t]he organizers estimated that 500,000 people took part in rallies in more than 80 cities across Spain, with AFP reporting an estimated 100,000 in Madrid alone." SPUC sent a message of support.

The pro-life movement can often seem isolated. So the Spanish marches helps us to remember that we are not alone. There are countless thousands of active (and yet-to-become-active!) pro-lifers all over the world, of all ages, religions and backgrounds. New pro-life campaigns are launched regularly, such as Silent No More. Pro-life activitsts are learning every day how to use the latest technologies to spread the pro-life message.

Apart from the thousands of wonderful people in the pro-life movement, we have a resource which none of the forces deployed against us have, or will ever have: the truth. A powerful, peaceful, pro-life resistance (and, I believe, prayer) will, in time, roll back the culture of death, and the truth about human life will be seen clearly. So congratulations to the Spanish marchers!

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Mr Ed Balls wants young people to distinguish right from wrong

Ed Balls (pictured, left), the secretary of state for children, schools and young people, has asked Ofsted, the school inspection office
"to carry out a survey of independent faith schools to examine how they are meeting the Independent Schools Standards relating to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils."
The press release from Mr Balls goes on to say that
"The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at the school meets the standard if the school promotes principles which [inter alia] enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong."
Are you, like me, somewhat struck by the irony here? Mr Balls last month issued a document which means, inter alia, that:
  • further education colleges will be flooded with birth control
  • doctors will be paid to facilitate increased sexual activity and abortion
  • parents will be continue to be marginalised from their children's moral development by the government and its ideological cronies.
Isn't it Mr Balls and his government colleagues who should be surveyed for their capacity to distinguish right from wrong? Such as the differences between:
  • welcoming newly-conceived human life on the one hand, and on the other hand killing an innocent human being on the ?
  • serving the well-being of young women on the one hand, and on the other hand permanently damaging their physical and/or psychological health?
  • upholding young persons' dignity on the one hand, and on the other hand giving them the wherewithal to degrade themselves sexually?
The next generation's ability to distinguish right from wrong is being damaged massively by the policies of Mr Balls and his government.

Monday, 30 March 2009

Human embryos rather than animals must be used in testing says EU draft directive

Tomorrow (31 March) a committee of the European Parliament will vote on the issue of experiments using animals.

The Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) committee will consider a draft directive which has the potential to force European Union (EU) member-states to use human embryos and embryonic tissue (e.g. stem cells) instead of animals in testing. Although the draft directive does not at present explicitly mention human embryos, it could be used to force countries to demand that researchers use human embryos rather than animals.

SPUC is gravely concerned by the draft directive's potential to reduce the status of human embryos to below that of laboratory animals, and the abuse and destruction of innocent human life which would follow. It is essential for the protection of vulnerable human beings and the upholding of scientific ethics that the committee ensures that the draft directive is fully scrutinised according to the right to life and the dignity of the human person. Please express your concerns by emailing the following members and substitutes of the committee:

Neil Parish (UK), committee chairman, email
James Nicholson (UK), member, email
Alyn Smith (UK), member, email
Jeffrey Titford (UK), member, email
Mairead McGuinness (Ireland), member, email
Liam Aylward (Ireland), substitute, email
Jim Allister (UK), substitute, email
Brian Simpson (UK), substitute, email
Struan Stevenson (UK), substitute, email
Robert Sturdy (UK), substitute, email

Please remember to copy any replies you receive to Anthony Ozimic, SPUC political secretary, at