Saturday, 2 July 2011

Polish pro-lifers are showing the way forward for Europe

Sejm
Pat Buckley, SPUC's intrepid international lobbyist, has blogged yesterday's great news that the Sejm, Poland's legislature, has given the go-ahead for a bill seeking to ban all abortions. Following a national petition signed by 600,000, Polish MPs voted 254 to 151 to allow the proposal to proceed to the next stage of an extraordinary committee.

This success shows what can be achieved when clergy, politicians, professionals and ordinary lay people come together behind a truly pro-life campaign.

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Friday, 1 July 2011

SPUC is motivating parents to challenge explicit sex education in schools

On Wednesday night (29 June) a larger-than-expected audience of over 150 fathers and mothers came to the London Muslim Centre to hear Antonia Tully of SPUC's Safe at School campaign speak to them about how sexually-explicit sex education materials are being used in local primary schools. Antonia showed a clip from "Living and Growing", the Channel Four video series which uses cartoons to depict sexual intercourse, giving examples of various sexual positions.

Sharing a platform with Antonia was Yusuf Patel, the chief executive of SREIslamic, who exposed how myths about sex and relationships education (SRE) are being used to prevent parents knowing their rights and protecting their children.

The meeting was also briefly addressed by Councillor Ollur Rahman of Tower Hamlets Council, the council's cabinet minister with special responsibility for children's services. He assured the meeting that he supported the parents' concerns about sex education in Tower Hamlets schools.

The meeting was a great success, with parents and others very interested and motivated to use the knowledge imparted to ensure that local schools respect parents' rights and remove anti-family material from the curriculum. The audience were given a list of action points, which I include below as a model for parents in other parts of the country. For more information about the meeting, do read the reports in the East London Advertiser before and after the meeting. Antonia also gave an interview before the meeting to SPUC's friends at Premier Christian Radio.

Action points for parents

1. Contact your child’s school to read the policy on sex and relationships education (SRE):
  • find out what resources are being used.
  • request that all parents are given plenty of opportunity to view all the materials.
  • approach the school in a spirit of co-operation – wanting to work with the school for the benefit of all the children.
For more information visit: http://www.spuc.org.uk/campaigns/safeatschool/

2. Write to your Local Authority: [e.g. Tower Hamlets Council, Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, E14 2BG].

3. Write to your MP at: [Name of MP], House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.

4. Write to the Secretary of State for Education: Department for Education, Castle View House, East Lane, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 2GJ.

5. Contact campaign groups for support, advice and help:
6. Collect signatures for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) nationwide petition entitled: “Give Children Back their Childhood.” For more petition forms and leaflets call SPUC on: (020) 7091 7091.

7. Workshop for parents: Safe at School and SREIslamic are offering workshops for parents to equip them to act effectively in protecting their children from inappropriate SRE. If you are interested please call:
  • Antonia on 020 8407 3463
  • Yusuf on 0788 302 7067
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Today's must-read pro-life news-stories, Friday 1 July

Antonia Tully of SPUC's Safe at School
Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Doctors expose the bias and futility of Lord Falconer's fake 'commission' on assisted suicide

Peter Saunders, the stalwart head of the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) and a former surgeon, has sent me some great news from the British Medical Association (BMA) Annual Representative Meeting (ARM). The ARM passed, by a clear majority on a show of hands, the following motion:
[T]his Meeting:-

i) notes that the significant majority of members of Lord Falconer’s Commission on Assisted Dying are publicly in favour of assisted suicide and euthanasia;
ii) supports the BMA’s stance in not giving evidence to the DEMOS Commission on Assisted Dying;
iii) questions the stated impartiality and independence of the Commission on Assisted Dying;
iv) requests the BMA Ethics Committee to make the Association’s opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia clear to the Commission on Assisted Dying;
v) requests the BMJ editorial team to present a balanced and unbiased coverage of the Commission on Assisted Dying.
Not only has the 'commission' been stacked with assisted suicide supporters, it is part-funded by Sir Terry Pratchett, who is now the UK's most high-profile assisted suicide campaigner. This motion will help to counter-act the inevitable media propaganda in favour of legalising assisted suicide which will almost certainly follow once Lord Falconer's fake 'commission' issues its report.

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This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Thursday 30 June

SPUC's Peter Smith
Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
General
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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Psychiatrists are wrong to downplay the impact of abortion on mental health

Psychiatrists are wrong to downplay the impact of abortion on mental health, SPUC said today in our submission to the consultation on abortion and mental health being conducted by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH). The NCCMH is composed of psychiatrists and psychologists. The NCCMH review, “Induced Abortion and Mental Health,” was issued in draft in April. Paul Tully, SPUC’s general secretary, told the media earlier today:
“We have been aware for many years of the long-term impact abortion can have on mental health, and the NCCMH review fails to treat the problem with the seriousness it deserves. Many important studies have been ignored by the reviewers. The concept of ‘wantedness’ is central to the NCCMH review, but it is an imprecise notion, and strongly affected by social reinforcement, support of the male partner and other factors.

“In our submission, we point to a number of studies that show that ‘wantedness’ is a loose and hazy notion. We are very concerned that the draft review suggests that abortion is not likely to lead to psychiatric harm on the assumption that an aborted pregnancy is unwanted. In our view, life is not that simple, and abortion is not safe.

“We hope that the NCCMH will take note of these concerns and revise the advice it gives doctors about the mental health risks of abortion.”
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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Tuesday 28 June

Dominic Lawson
Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
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Monday, 27 June 2011

Watch SPUC's Anthony Ozimic highlight the dangers of an opt-out organ donation system

Various governments around the world, including in the UK, have in recent years considered moving to a system of presumed consent to organ donation, also known as an opt-out system. Under such a system, when people die doctors would be free to remove their organs, unless the person had opted-out by having made clear (e.g. in a legal document, patient register etc.) that they refuse consent to organ removal. There are significant ethical problems and dangers in such a system, which Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, highlights in this thought-piece (video) broadcast last night on Channel Four as part of its series 4thought.tv You may like to support Anthony by leaving a comment on the webpage below the video. You can find arguments for your comment in my following blog-posts:
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This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Monday 27 June

The new European Union HQ
Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Top conference on Down's Syndrome to be held in Cambridge in September

Lynn Murray of SPUC's Edinburgh branch, who has a daughter with Down's Syndrome, is recommending a conference in Cambridge on 17 September, organised by the Down's Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF) UK. The focus of the DSRF and its conference is finding a medicine to treat Down's Syndrome, instead of killing unborn children suspected of having the condition. The conference will be opened by Madame Jérôme Lejeune, wife of the late Professor Jérôme Lejeune, who was a President of SPUC. He discovered the cause of Down's Syndrome and devoted his life to research into a cure for the condition. In 1990 the SPUC Educational Research Trust set up the Anna Fund to fund Professor Lejeune's research. In 1996 the Anna Fund opened the first Lejeune clinic in London. Also addressing the conference will be Dr Henri Blehaut, the research director of the Fondation Jerome Lejeune, which also continues the great professor's work.

At this year's International Youth Pro-Life Conference, Lynn spoke powerfully from both personal experience and research knowledge about the challenge that Down's Syndrome poses to society. That challenge is to put aside common preconceptions about disability and embrace the inestimable value of disabled people. Lynn supports strongly the DSRF's work and so I very glad to promote its conference - see its website for full details.

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