Thursday, 3 May 2012

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Thu 3 May

Dr Halliday G. Sutherland 
Top stories:

Sheffield pro-lifers hold roadside vigil
Pro-lifers have held a roadside vigil in Sheffield highlighting the truth about abortion. 30 members of SPUC from Sheffield and Rotherham gathered on the approach road to Meadowhall Shopping Centre on Saturday. They formed a chain, standing along the kerbside at intervals holding placards which bring home the reality of abortion. This year's event was arguably the most effective roadside witness ever held in Sheffield. [SPUC, 3 May]

Paralysed man ‘wins’ court battle to end life by having respirator removed
An English court has approved the withdrawal of a respirator sustaining the life of a British motor neurone disease patient. The Court of Protection held that the man had made a valid advance directive under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Anthony Ozimic of SPUC told "It is not unethical for a non-dying patient to refuse futile or disproportionately burdensome medical treatment, as long as their intention is not suicidal. In this case, however, what is being withdrawn is standard care appropriate for the condition, with the intention of ending life based on the person’s quality of life. We warned for years that the Mental Capacity Act is based on the inhuman notion that disabled people’s lives may not be worth living. It is sanitised barbarism.” [, 2 May]

Other stories:

Sexual ethics
  • Obesity and delayed motherhood behind doubling of mums who die in labour, suggests study [Mail, 30 April]
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