Saturday, 18 June 2011

SPUC Northern Ireland calls for everyone to Rally for Life in Dublin, Sat 2 July

Further to my blog last Thursday about the All-Ireland Rally for Life, Liam Gibson, SPUC Northern Ireland's development officer, has written the following rallying-cry for as many pro-lifers as possible to be in Dublin on Sat 2 July:
"The Rally for Life has become an annual event in the Irish pro-life calendar and a real celebration of the culture of life. With European institutions now renewing their attack on the Republic’s protection for children before birth, this year’s rally in Dublin could hardly come at a more appropriate time.

The Irish coalition government, which contains high ranking pro-abortion politicians, is under intense pressure and there is a genuine risk that it will introduce legislation to liberalise the country’s abortion laws.

In 2008 the British parliament looked set to introduce the Abortion Act to Northern Ireland. The Rally for Life, in Belfast that year, provided a vital demonstration of public support for pro-life politicians. In the face of pro-life opposition Gordon Brown’s government stepped in to block attempts to extend the Act.

It almost goes without saying that if unborn children are to be safe on either side of the Irish boarder then they must be protected on both sides. Liberalisation of abortion in the Republic would not only cost lives there, it would have serious consequences for Northern Ireland. Victory for the pro-abortion lobby in Ireland would also be disastrous for recognition of the right to life of unborn children in Europe. That’s why the pro-life movement in Northern Ireland, and in Scotland, England and Wales, should make every effort to support the Rally for Life in Dublin on July 2."
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Friday, 17 June 2011

A powerful pro-life analysis of the dangers of legalising assisted suicide

Ann Farmer, a stalwart pro-life author, has kindly sent me a letter (below) which she sent to the editor of The Telegraph in response to a column by Vicki Woods. The Telegraph didn't publish her letter, which is very sad as it is a powerful and insightful analysis of the dangers of legalising assisted suicide. Ann wrote:
Dear Sir,

Vicki Woods reveals that she and her husband have argued about which of them should assist the other to commit suicide, and which should "face Plod afterwards" should the occasion arise, maintaining: "We have the right to live as we want - why not the right to die as we want?" ('If I decide to end it all, I'll do it my way', Telegraph, June 11, 2011). But the fact is we don't have the unlimited right to live as we want, and this includes the taking of our own lives and the lives of others. What we do affects other people, and should our society, as she appears to desire, accept the 'right' of people to kill themselves or their close relatives, such 'private' decisions will affect other people. Not only will we create an atmosphere under which vulnerable people will be driven to commit suicide because they feel a burden on their closest relatives, but there will be cases where the closest relatives will be placed under pressure to accept someone's decision to commit suicide even though they disagree, and will be made to feel guilty for prolonging the life of someone who wishes to exercise a private choice instead of considering care options. It is well known that suicide is 'catching' and that the bereaved will suffer deep emotional trauma and may themselves decide to take their own lives - indeed, some suicide campaigners have advocated that bereaved relatives should also be helped to commit suicide. And if the 'right' to suicide should be made legal, all sorts of 'services' will no doubt spring up to faciliate and profit from suicide - and why not? What appears at first sight to be a private matter is in fact a matter of great public interest; that is why we have laws against it. The disastrous effects of our recent 'softening up' of the law is demonstrated by Vicki Woods' call for assisted suicide "at a time of your own choosing. By someone you know and love. In a nice place like your own home, instead of that creepy Swiss set-up, Dignitas." I venture to suggest that it would be even more creepy should one's nearest and dearest turn from caring to killing, either because do not wish to care or because they are made to feel uncaring by not acquiescing in the decision. Vicki Woods regrets the fact that she returned her late mother's supply of morphine to the clinic: "I should have kept them in the top cupboard, against the day"; the future is unpredictable but one thing can be predicted with a certain amount of confidence: if the law changes as she would wish, and she should change her mind about being killed, it may be too late for regrets.

Yours faithfully,

Ann Farmer (Mrs)
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This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Friday 17 June

Francis Galton
Embryology
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
General
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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Join the All-Ireland Rally for Life on Saturday 2 July, Dublin

This year's All-Ireland Rally for Life will be held in Dublin on 2 July. This is a truly exciting event - see the YouTube video below. Pat Buckley, SPUC's representative in Ireland, told me that:
"This year's All-Ireland Rally for Life comes at a critical time for the future of unborn babies in Ireland. The junior party in Ireland’s coalition government, the Labour Party, is pro-abortion. Also, pro-abortion groups are putting pressure on the Irish government to legislate for the introduction of abortion, citing the decision of the European Court of Human Rights last December.

This must be firmly resisted. It not only undermines the right to life of the unborn but also undermines the will of the Irish people."
Please visit the Get Involved page on the Rally website. You can also keep updated about the Rally via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.



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This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Thursday 16 June

Peter Hitchens
Abortion
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Polish women are standing up for a total abortion ban

SPUC's Polish colleagues are recommending an exciting new initiative to protect unborn children. A growing list of Polish women journalists are signing an open letter (see press release and letter below) calling for a complete legislative ban on abortion in Poland. Polish law allows abortion in three circumstances: danger to the mother's life or health; pregnancy as a result of a criminal act; or serious disability. As a result of many years of educational campaigns by the Catholic Church and the pro-life movement, the numbers of abortions in Poland are relatively very low. That said, all abortions are equally wrong, because all unborn children have an equal right to life. It is absolutely vital that the law upholds the right to life of all human beings equally at every stage of life, from conception to natural death. Even the smallest exception or ambiguity in the terms of legal protection can lead to the intentional killing of innocent human beings, not just through abortion but also euthanasia and embryo research. I therefore recommend the open letter and encourage readers of this blog to forward it to any Polish women journalists they may know.

Open Letter from Women Journalists Against Abortion

"I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born."
Ronald Reagan
New York Times, 22 September 1980

Press release:

Defuse the abortion bomb!

Thanks to a grassroots political initiative in Poland, there is a legislative proposal to completely protect prenatal life at all stages. In support of this proposal, women journalists from secular and Christian media have publicly expressed their strong opposition to abortion in the Open Letter from Women Journalists. The letter, addressed foremost to members of parliament, shows that Polish women do not accept the killing of innocent and defenseless beings. Nor do they accept abortion pressure groups, which lobby for their own interests rather than for the benefit of women and society. The signatories hope for the restoration of moral order through this legislation. Protecting all of the unborn will defuse the abortion bomb, which destroys mothers, fathers and entire families, and which devastates society. The signatories also hope for a reaction from other groups, which will bravely step forward in the defense of women and children.

Open Letter from Women Journalists Against Abortion

To lawmakers, decision-makers, doctors and media representatives:

The current Polish abortion law allows abortion of fetuses considered sick or handicapped. Any law which does not protect the most helpless and defenseless members of society is barbaric. A new legislative proposal protecting the unborn is an opportunity to correct this injustice.

A vote for the protection of the unborn would be a vote for the restoration of moral order. It would be a vote for the protection of women, and the protection of their relationship with their children. It would also be a vote for the restoration of dignity and respect for motherhood. It would be in the interest not only of women and children, but also of fathers, families and all of society. It is worth emphasizing that this bill would not adversely affect the medical treatment of pregnant women.

A vote against the legal protection of the unborn would mean a victory for abortion fanatics, radical feminists, and their perverse vision of women’s rights. This vision is based on the lie that abortion is a simple medical procedure with no negative consequences. However, there is nothing more irreversible and tragic, nothing more humiliating, degrading and objectifying of women. This feminist vision also denies the value of fatherhood and the unity of families.

A lack of support for the protection of life would also mean a victory for the abortion lobby, which dreams of high abortion rates, of revenues from government contracts, and of increased sales of abortion equipment and pharmaceuticals.

We look forward to courageous support for the respect and dignity of women and children and the legal protection they deserve.

Signatories:

Natalia Dueholm, editor, Opcja na Prawo, prawdaoaborcji.wordpress.com
(and 81 other Polish women journalists as of 15 June 2011)

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This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Wednesday 15 June

Banned US pro-life banner
Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Today's must-read pro-life news-stories, Tuesday 14 June

Elaine Riddick, eugenics victim
Abortion
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
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Monday, 13 June 2011

ACT NOW: Please complain to the BBC about tonight's assisted suicide propaganda documentary

Tonight (13 June) at 9pm BST, BBC Two will show "Choosing to die", a documentary by Sir Terry Pratchett (pictured), the famous author, in which Sir Terry promotes the legalisation of assisted suicide. The documentary will show the moment of death of a British man in the Dignitas assisted suicide centre in Switzerland. (Following the documentary, BBC Two's Newsnight programme at 10pm will feature both an interview with Sir Terry and a studio debate.)

Please complain to the BBC about the showing of this documentary, by visiting and filling out the online form at https://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/

You can also telephone BBC Audience Services on 03700 100 222 or write to BBC Complaints, PO Box 1922, Darlington, DL3 0UR.

Here are some points you could make in your complaint:

Geoff Morris, a disabled man severely affected by multiple sclerosis, has expressed a series of scathing criticisms of the documentary, after watching an advance screening. His observations give grave cause for concern that the documentary:
  1. presents a fictionalised picture of the Swiss suicide system;
  2. is strongly biased in favour of this highly controversial suicide process;
  3. fails to address any objections or alternatives to assisted suicide.
Mr Morris' comments included the following comments about the documentary (see http://bit.ly/msC59r ):
  • "shameless propaganda"
  • "grossly misleading and unbalanced"
  • "Sir Terry and the producers have presented this type of suicide as an enriching, even uplifting choice"
  • "a repellent exercise in deceit"
  • "untrue and distorted"
  • "fails to acknowledge any of the serious concerns about assisted suicide"
  • "riddled with myth-making".
If Mr Morris' comments are valid, the BBC is violating its public service duty to impartiality yet again, by broadcasting items favourable to the assisted suicide cause http://bit.ly/fsGkMq :
  1. "I'll Die When I Choose", 8 December 2008
  2. "A Short Stay in Switzerland", January 2009
  3. "Shaking hands with death", 1 February 2010, also featuring Sir Terry Pratchett
  4. "Inside Out", BBC West Midlands, 15 February 2010.
By broadcasting a person's suicide, and providing a platform for the promotion of assisted suicide. the BBC is undermining suicide prevention campaigns, including BBC and World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance on media coverage regarding suicide http://bit.ly/mQIYRM

Please forward any replies you receive to SPUC's communications department at news@spuc.org.uk or by post to SPUC HQ.

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This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Monday 13 June

Hungarian poster: "Let me live"
Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
General
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