Friday, 1 April 2011

This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Friday 1 April

Fabrice Hadjadj
Abortion
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
General
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Free morning-after pills in Wales will fail women and children

SPUC has responded to the start of a scheme announced last November by Edwina Hart, the Welsh health minister, in which morning-after pills will be supplied free in Welsh pharmacies.

Anthony Ozimic, SPUC communications manager, told the media this morning:
"Providing the morning-after pill threatens unborn children, promotes promiscuity, and undermines public health. Such promotion has an adverse effect on many young and vulnerable women. It encourages men to see young women as sex objects, who can be exploited without responsibility for the consequences. The rampant increase in STIs may be partly due to greater reliance on morning-after pills. The morning-after pill's manufacturers concede that it may cause an early abortion, by preventing newly-conceived human embryos from implanting in the womb. This is why the morning-after pill is 50 times stronger than the equivalent daily birth control pill. The morning-after pill is one of the many failed elements within the broader failure of the national teenage pregnancy strategy."
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Thursday, 31 March 2011

This afternoon's must-read pro-life news-stories, Thursday 31 March

Kevin Weller, who has locked-in syndrome
Abortion
Euthanasia
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Today's must-read pro-life news-stories, Thursday 31 March

Abortion
Euthanasia
Population
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I thank God for the priest fighting back magnificently against the push for so-called contraceptive rights

The Catholic News Agency reported on Monday that:
"Fr. Juan Carlos Mari is calling on the president of Ecuador to reverse a 'family planning campaign' that would provide condoms and contraceptive pills free of charge ... The Ecuadoran president’s proposed family planning program would create a society that can no longer 'distinguish between 'good and evil, or worse yet, that would end up calling what is evil good and what is good evil'', Fr. Mari said... '[T]he door to the diabolical monstrosity of legal abortion would be opened ... Once this happens, it would be the beginning of the end of Ecuadoran society as we know it ... [I will] happily give up [my] life for Christ, my Lord, and for the Holy Catholic Church ... I will invest my time into educating teens and young adults, providing them with appropriate guidance about true love and caring for the future of my country.'"
Fr Mari's courageous witness is exactly what is required from every priest worldwide - right now. This very week, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) have launched a new report entitled "The Rights to Contraceptive Information and Services for Women and Adolescents" which claims - falsely - that:
"Women’s and adolescents’ right to contraceptive information and services is grounded in basic human rights."
and warns sinisterly that:
"Applying a human rights-based approach to the provision of contraceptive information and services can facilitate state fulfillment of these obligations."
In other words, the pro-abortion lobby - specifically the litigious Center for Reproductive Rights - will now start suing governments worldwide which in any way restrict access to contraception. This is nothing less than the practical application of "the dictatorship of relativism" so often warned of by Pope Benedict.

So priests worldwide have a choice: be silent and thus abandon youth to the contraceptive tyranny, or be true men of God like Fr Mari who protect the weak from the strong.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

This afternoon's must-read pro-life news-stories, Wednesday 30 March

Abortion
Sexual ethics
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This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Wednesday 30 March

Businessman Mr Dhaliwal
Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
General

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Pope Benedict again orders bishops to uphold parents' rights and protect families

This afternoon the Vatican Information Service (VIS) reported that:
"Made public today was a Message written by the Holy Father for a meeting of bishops who head episcopal commissions for the family and life in Latin America and the Caribbean. Their meeting is taking place in Bogota, Colombia, from 28 March to 1 April under the presidency of Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family."
Below are extracts of Pope Benedict's message, with my emphases. If the Catholic bishops' conference of England and Wales were minded actually to implement the Pope's message, there would be the following welcome changes:
Extracts from Pope Benedict's message, with my emphases in bold:
"[T]he family is the value the people of those noble lands prize most highly. For this reason, the pastoral care of families has an important place in the evangelising activity of each one of the particular Churches, promoting a culture of life and working to ensure the rights of families are recognised and respected.

Nonetheless, we sorrowfully note that families are increasingly suffering from adverse situations brought about by rapid cultural changes and social instability, by migratory flows, by poverty, by education programmes which trivialise sexuality and by false ideologies. We cannot remain indifferent before such challenges.

[N]o effort is in vain if it helps to ensure that each family, founded on the indissoluble bond between a man and a woman, carries out its mission as a living cell of society, seedbed of virtues, school of constructive and peaceful coexistence, instrument of harmony and a privileged area in which, with joy and responsibility, human life is welcomed and protected, from beginning to natural end.

It is also worthwhile to encourage parents in their right - and their fundamental duty - to educate the new generations in faith and in the values that dignify human existence.

[T]he Church puts her trust in Christian families.

[H]elp the family to [be] unafraid to express the beauty of exalted ideals and the ethical and moral requirements of life in Christ.

[I]t is important to find ways to collaborate with all men and women of good will in order to continue to protect human life, marriage and the family throughout the region.
* The late Pope John Paul II, the great pro-life champion, taught in paragraph 97 of his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae that it is an illusion to think that we can build a true culture of human life if we do not offer adolescents and young adults an authentic education in sexuality, and in love, and the whole of life according to their true meaning and in their close interconnection.

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This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Tuesday 29 March

Mary Wagner, arrested Canadian pro-lifer
Abortion
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
General
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Monday, 28 March 2011

This afternoon's must-read pro-life news-stories, Monday 28 March

Archbishop Hector Aguer
Abortion
  • Argentinean archbishop (pictured) says it's a rational, natural and scientific truth that unborn children are persons from conception [CNA, 24 March] http://bit.ly/gDewPw
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
General
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SPUC's campaign against indecent sex education is supporting angry parents in Northampton

Safe at School, a national campaign run by SPUC, is holding a public meeting in the Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton NN1 1DE this Thursday 31 March at 7.30pm.

Antonia Tully, Safe at School's campaign co-ordinator, will speak to parents and show them materials which schools are reluctant to disclose to parents.

As Antonia told the media earlier today:
"Parents are being kept in the dark on this issue. These sex education programmes are designed to prepare children for teenage sex. Parents are angry and upset that their seven year old children are being shown cartoons of how to have sexual intercourse.”
Andrea Leadsom (pictured), the local MP, is taking up the cause as well. She has tabled parliamentary questions aimed at putting parents in the driving seat of this critical area of their young children’s education.

Mrs Leadsom is calling for a system whereby parents must opt-in if they want their children to attend sex education classes, rather than the current system which merely allows parents to withdraw their children. She would also like to see suppliers of sex education materials called to account through a licensing system.

Antonia Tully can be contacted on (020) 8407 3463.

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This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Monday 28 March

Family expert Pat Fagan
Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
General
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