Saturday, 7 April 2012

Call to SPUC members: Attend open session of SPUC Council

SPUC’s executive committee is planning an open session of Council (SPUC’s governing body) at the next meeting of Council on Saturday, 21st April 2012.

There will be a joint special presentation on same-sex marriage* by Patricia Morgan, author, journalist, broadcaster, and a sociologist specialising in criminology and family policy, and by Anthony McCarthy, a bioethicist and SPUC’s education manager.

The open session of Council, the first of its kind for many years, will provide an opportunity for members of the Society to discuss SPUC’s campaigns (such as same-sex marriage and its relevance to pro-life issues) and to learn about SPUC’s new educational presentation for schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There will also be an opportunity to put questions to the Society’s officers and to meet supporters from other parts of the country.

The meeting will be taking place in Kennington, close to SPUC’s head office. Only SPUC members may attend the open session of Council. Please contact patkingman@spuc.org.uk for your invitation to attend or write to Pat Kingman at SPUC, 3 Whitacre Mews, Stannary Street, London, SE11 4AB.

*Marriage as an institution protects children, both born and unborn. Statistics show that unborn children are much safer within marriage than outside marriage. For more information see SPUC's position paper and background paper on same-sex marriage. 

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Friday, 6 April 2012

US abortion services targeted towards African Americans

The Radiance Foundation, founded by Ryan Bomberger, have a number of excellent pro-life videos, including short videos which expose the epidemic of abortion in the black community. I think that the video below, "Number One Killer", which is part 2 of 3 of "The Numbers don't lie" series, is particularly good and should be shared with as many people as possible.


The numbers referred to in the series title are listed on the website of the organisation Protecting Black Life. They say:
  • Many people do not know, that since 1973 (year abortion was legalized in the U.S.) more African American babies have been killed by abortion than the total number of African American deaths from all other causes combined.
  • Abortion services have been deliberately and systematically targeted towards African Americans. A disproportionate number of the nation’s abortion mills are located in minority neighbourhoods.
  • 35% of abortions in the United States are performed on African American women, while they represent only 13% of the female population of the country.
  • The abortion rate among married African American women is three times greater than it is among white women.
  • According to the 2000 Census, Hispanics have replaced African Americans as the largest minority group in the US. The loss of over 14 million black babies through abortion has played a significant part in this population decline.
For full references and links to more information on this issue see the Protecting Black Life website. Reverend Arnold Culbreath, the director of Protecting Black Life, spoke at SPUC's 2009 national conference and our 2010 youth and students' conference.

The eugenic ideals of the abortion lobby are not exclusive to the United States, but are evident in the UK and throughout the world. Marie Stopes, the British counterpart of Margaret Sanger (founder of International Planned Parenthood), was also a eugenicist. In a letter to Clarence Gamble in 1939, making reference to her 'Negro Project', Sanger wrote: “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population...”

Marie Stopes applauded the Nazi eugenics programme and played an active part in the Berlin ‘racial science’ conference in 1935. She is known to have admired Adolf Hitler, and sent him a book of her poetry. In 1942, she wrote the following, “Catholics, Prussians, The Jews and the Russians, All are a curse, Or something worse...” She called for compulsory sterilisation of those deemed unfit for parenthood and disinherited her own son for marrying a woman who needed glasses (see the Science Museum website for reference). Stopes left her clinic at 108 Whitfield Street to the Eugenics Society upon her death. Thankfully there is a daily peaceful, prayerful pro-life vigil organised outside 108 Whitfield Street by The Good Counsel Network.

I applaud the Radiance Foundation for their innovative work exposing the abortion industry and defending human life.

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Thursday, 5 April 2012

SPUC youth are passing on the pro-life message to the next generation

Earlier this year SPUC launched a new online publication, a blog written by young people entitled Why I am Pro-Life. The aim of the blog is to bring the pro-life message to the next generation. Our hope is that it will both draw more young people to the pro-life movement and help to educate and strengthen the resolve of the many young people already determined to defend and promote life. However, the quality of the posts is such that it is essential reading for everybody involved in the pro-life movement.

I've said before that my experience of meeting and working with many young people gives me great hope for the future. One of the striking things about the 40 Days for Life campaign in London is that it is youth-led and that many, if not the majority, of people who are crucial the campaign's success are young people.

Young people participating at the Autum 2011 40 Days for Life campaign
It is evident too in my work with SPUC that despite all the media bias and pressure, all the indoctrination of school children with anti-life education, despite the largely toxic modern culture in which human life is wantonly disregarded and destroyed in so many ways - despite all this there is a growing number of people who see through the lies of our age and our determined to oppose them with the truth. Long may they continue in this resolve and I hope that SPUC may be of great assistance to them in their work.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The British government must stop its support of China's war on women

Please watch Reggie Littlejohn's powerful video exposing the horror of the Chinese one-child policy. Reggie Littlejohn is President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, a non-partisan, international coalition to oppose forced abortion and human trafficking in China. She is also an internationally acclaimed expert on China’s One Child Policy. She has twice delivered an address at European Parliament in Brussels concerning the One-Child Policy. Her first Address was included as a chapter in the book, Human Rights in China After the Olympic Games, (Human Rights Without Frontiers, 2009), now available on Amazon.com.

**READERS ARE WARNED THAT THE FOLLOWING FILM CONTAINS DISTURBING IMAGES OF ABORTED CHILDREN**


The brutal Chinese one-child policy receives support and funding from the United National Population Fund (UNFPA). Extensive details of this support are listed below. In 2010 the UK was listed as the seventh highest regular donor to the UNFPA and gave the highest amount of what the UNFPA categorise as 'Other contributions'. The UK gave a grand total of US$97,840,118 (£60,573,145.13) to UNFPA in 2010 alone.



  • In 1979, the very year that China introduced its brutal one-child policy, UNFPA signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" with the Chinese government.
  • In 1983, the year commonly regarded as the worst year for coercion, UNFPA gave one of its first two Population Awards to the minister-in-charge of China’s State Family Planning Commission. (The other award that year was given to Indira Gandhi, the Indian prime minister, whose government enforced compulsory birth control including sterilisation.)
  • In 1985, Rafael Salas, UNFPA’s then executive director, told Premier Zhao Ziyang that "China should feel proud of the achievements made in her family planning program." (reported by The People's Daily, the Communist Party's official newspaper).
  • In 1991, UNFPA's then executive director Nafis Sadik said: "China has every reason to feel proud of and pleased with its remarkable achievements made in its family planning policy and control of its population growth.” (Xinhua, 11 April 1991) In 2002 China's State Family Planning Commission gave Nafis Sadik its own Population Award.
  • In 1999, UNFPA aided and abetted "ethnic cleansing" by indicted war criminal Slobodan Milosevic by assisting his regime's plan "to limit or forbid the enormous increase of the birthrate in Kosovo".
  • In 2001, Thoraya Obaid, the new UNFPA executive director, said that over the past 20 years, China had seen notable achievements made in population control by implementing the family planning policy.
  • In 2001, research by the (pro-life) Population Research Institute (PRI) found that UNFPA was complicit in population control against Muslims in the Chinese province of Xinjiang.
  • In 2003, UNFPA exploited the aftermath of the war in Iraq to launch a campaign to provide "reproductive health" to Iraqi refugees. ("Reproductive health" is a euphemism which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has defined as including abortion on demand.
It is to our great shame that the UK is complicit in this most tragic abuse of human life. Women's Rights without Frontiers have an ongoing international petition which you can sign today. Please do so. The petition reads:
To the Attention of Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Zhang Yesui
Dear Sir,
We are aware that Chinese authorities are forcibly aborting women to enforce coercive birth limits in connection with China’s One Child Policy.  We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned for the suffering caused by these forced abortions and respectfully request that the Chinese government stop this brutal practice. 
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Monday, 2 April 2012

Be an Olympics torch bearer for unborn children

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SPUC evangelicals are leading an important pro-life outreach in major cities through which the Olympic torch will travel.  Reverend Arthur Woood, a member of the SPUC evangelicals committee, has put together a programme to take the pro-life message to the heart of the Olympic games and into the hearts of the British public.

Arthur will be leading an act of pro-life witness in several towns and cities around the country. Pro-lifers will be handing out a specially designed leaflet (right) and holding Olympic torch placards.

The itinerary so far is:
Plymouth where the torch arrives: 19th May
Swansea torch arrives: 26th May
Manchester torch arrives: 23rd June
Birmingham torch arrives: 30th June
Southampton torch arrives: 14th July
London torch arrives: 21st July
Other towns on the Olympic torch itinerary can be added if you are willing to help Arthur organizing an event in a town local to you. Anyone wanting to support the events listed, or organize a new one,  should contact Arthur. Write to me at my email address below and I will put you in touch.

You can also support Arthur Wood's initiative by simply ordering the flyer pictured above and delivering it door-to-door. Again, contact me at the email address below if you would like to order flyers.


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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Northern Ireland father and son raise £2,000 for SPUC by fasting on Christmas Day

At last month's conference in Belfast, Defending the Rights of Parents, Protecting Children, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children were presented with a belated Christmas gift by the Woolsey family.

Pictured are yours truly, Kathy McQuaid of SPUC Northern Ireland and Gordon Woolsey. 

This is Gordon Woolsey who contacted us in late November 2011, to say that each Christmas for the previous four or five years he and his father, Don, had undertaken a sponsored fast on Christmas Day to raise money for one or two charities. They had decided that their next fast would aim to raise money for the Irish Mission of the Presbyterian Church and SPUC. We provided them with promotional material, flyers, T-shirts, badges etc. and through their business, (they run a petrol station) they gathered donations organised a raffle for a mountain bike and distributed literature and little feet badges. In total they raised £4000 and divided the sum between the two causes. Unfortunately Don wasn't able to come to the conference for the presentation of the cheque.

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