Friday, 3 August 2012

The Association of Lawyers for the Defence of the Unborn (ALDU)'s blog is a must-read for pro-lifers

The Association of Lawyers for the Defence of the Unborn (ALDU) published a quarterly Newsletter every year from 1979 until 2006. In its new blog, launched in June, it is including extracts from those Newsletters and additional comments on legal issues relating to abortion and related matters.

The ALDU blog is a must-read for pro-lifers, especially the extracts from the Newsletters, which contain argumentation on bioethical matters of crucial relevance today:
"We should not forget that the Abortion Act was drafted and supported by people who were fervently in favour of abortion being legalised and one would expect, therefore that abortionists would at least comply with the law that their supporters had produced. But they do not obey even their own law." http://aldulaw.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/it-has-now-been-confirmed-as-if-we-did.html

"'Every child a wanted child' is another abortion mantra, revealing the eugenic background to abortion. Woe betide any child who is not wanted, for you will be killed." http://aldulaw.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/abortion-act-1967-25th-year-reflection.html

"'You have to educate a woman about her contraceptive choices', says [Melinda] Gates. One of the choices that women (and men) have, the only one that makes sense, is to reject chemical and technological interference with their bodies and to embrace the truth about themselves." http://aldulaw.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/humpty-dumpty-thinking.html
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Lobby your MP to defend real marriage

Here is a campaign alert from Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary:
Dear friend of the unborn, 

Many thanks to all SPUC supporters who made submissions to the government’s consultation on marriage, which closed in June. In a few months there will be a report, but whatever this says about the government proposals, we face the likelihood that the government will try to push through legislation to redefine marriage. It is critical that we act now to bring pressure to bear on our politicians to defend marriage. Continuing to promote the Coalition for Marriage (C4M) petition is of great importance, and we also need to begin lobbying individual MPs in earnest.

To help do this, please read two new documents:
Please consider whether you can undertake one or more of these actions:
  • visit your MP – either on your own or with a few like-minded friends - and ask him/her to support real marriage;
  • ask clergy from your church or your local deanery meeting to visit and speak to the MP about this;
  • urge groups like parents with school-age children, members of prayer groups, sodalities like the Knights of St Columba or members of "new movements" to visit the local MP and lobby him in support of real marriage.
In this way, we must work to ensure that local MPs understand the depth of local constituents’ concern about the extraordinary and momentous threat to children and to the family posed by the government’s proposals to redefine marriages. I must stress that it is most important to see MPs of all opinions on this matter. Many sympathetic MPs are resigned about this issue because they think that children won't be harmed, or nothing can be done to stop it, or because of the alleged assurances that churches won't be affected. We need friendly MPs to take a far more pro-active position. Equally we need to put our opponents on the back foot.

We have also produced a revised version of our "Real Marriage" leaflet – and we invite you to order copies to help raise awareness and concerns as widely as possible in your community. You can order a supply of the leaflets by contacting SPUC HQ:
Whatever action you can undertake is greatly appreciated, and I would also make a special request of those who pray to make a point of bringing these issues before God – for the protection of the unborn, of our families and of all peoples.

Yours sincerely in defence of life,
Paul Tully
General secretary
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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Details of Chinese rubbish collector who saved and raised 30 abandoned babies emerge

Lou Xiaoying
Details of Chinese rubbish collector who saved and raised 30 abandoned babies emerge
Details of the story of a Chinese rubbish collector who saved and raised 30 abandoned babies have emerged. Lou Xiaoying, now 88, and her late husband Li Zin kept four of the children and passed the others onto friends and family. One admirer of Lou's work commented: "She is shaming to governments, schools and people who stand by and do nothing. She has no money or power but she saved children" [Mail, 30 July]

Other stories:

Abortion
  • Gestational limits are the wrong approach, says leading Canadian pro-life group [Interim, 2 August]
  • Pre-natal Down's syndrome testing gets go-ahead in Switzerland [Mail, 30 July]
Euthanasia
  • English judge rules that life-support should be removed from brain-damaged child [Mail, 1 August]
Population
  • Forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng welcomed at US Congress [AP, 2 August]
Sexual ethics
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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Powerful incentives protect one-child policy

Powerful incentives protect one-child policy
A British academic has written that powerful financial and personal incentives for local officials will ensure forced abortions continue in mainland China. Dr Jackie Sheehan, associate professor of Nottingham University's School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, said: "Coercion and violence are integral parts of the system ... Officials lose points for every out-of-quota birth in their area and earn cash bonuses for every abortion and sterilisation they enforce ... [D]esperate officials resort to forced abortions and sterilisations." [South China Morning Post, 25 July] Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, commented: "Dr Sheehan's analysis gives the lie to the claim by Western governments and the worldwide abortion lobby that the one-child policy is not intrinsically abusive and is capable of reform."

Other stories:

Euthanasia
Embryology
  • Maltese bishops call for natural solutions to infertility as country proposes first-ever IVF law [LifeSiteNews.com, 31 July] 
Population
Sexual ethics
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Age UK's response on euthanasia

Last year SPUC re-launched its information on charities as an online index, with new entries and updated information added as and when new information is received. Today's charity is Age UK.

Age UK was formed when Age Concern England and Help the Aged merged in 2009. (Please see the entries in 2006 edition of SPUC's Charities Bulletin for life-related information about these charities).
In a letter from SPUC dated 23 July 2012, Tom Wright, Age UK's chief executive, said:
"Age UK has a governance framework, agreed by our Board of Trustees, to ensure both legitimacy and corporate ownership of our policy positions. The principles set out within this framework explicitly state that Age UK will not develop policy positions on certain matters, including matters which unnecessarily promote division amongst older people.

I can confirm that as a result of this Age UK does not have a policy position on euthanasia or assisted suicide, nor do we fund or support any campaigns in relation to these issues. In relation to your query on advanced directives, as you might expect, this is a subject on which we are asked for advice by older people and we have developed a factsheet...".
SPUC comment: As anti-euthanasia groups such as SPUC have pointed out over several decades, "one of the key problems with living wills [advanced directives] is their application in circumstances where it would obviously be contrary to best medical practice enacted in the best interests of the patient. It is no surprise that the pro-euthanasia people are very interested in living wills because they see an opportunity to use the denial of treatment - that would be encouraged as the content of a living will - as a form of soft euthanasia." (Dr Greg Pike, Southern Cross Bioethics Institute, 7 August 2008)

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Must-read pro-life news-stories, Tue 31 July

Top story:

Donegal county council back call opposing abortion legislation
The Donegal Daily reports that a motion has been passed by Donegal County Council opposing any form of legislation on abortion. The council resolved that: “In keeping with the will of the Irish people, as emphatically expressed in the referendum of 1983, Donegal County Council opposes any form of legalisation of abortion in any circumstances”. 17 councillors backed the motion, 6 abstained and one voted against. [Pat Buckley, 31 July]

Other stories:

Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Population
  • Iranian authorities encourage families to have more babies [BBC, 30 July]
Sexual ethics
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