Wednesday, 29 August 2012

SPUC defends Northern Ireland politician over abortion controversy

Jim Wells MLA
SPUC defends Northern Ireland politician over abortion controversy
SPUC has defended Jim Wells, a Northern Ireland politician, over his opposition to abortion in all circumstances, including after rape. In a letter to The Belfast Telegraph, Liam Gibson's SPUC's Northern Ireland developement officer, wrote: "Attacks on Jim Wells MLA for defending unborn children ignore the reality of abortion ... Rape is traumatic, but to argue that aborting a child conceived through rape undoes that trauma ignores that abortion, too, is an act of violence. Of 200,000 babies aborted in Britain annually, less than 1% are conceived through rape ... Today, Spuc is proud to work with Jim Wells and other politicians who believe a child's right to exist does not depend on the circumstances of his, or her, conception. [Belfast Telegraph, 29 August]

Abortion
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Biologist Dr James Sherley skewers as 'absolutely false' claims by eugenicist Julian Savulescu for genetic screening

Dr James Sherley at SPUC conference, 2007
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Biologist Dr James Sherley skewers as 'absolutely false' claims by eugenicist Julian Savulescu for genetic screening

A leading scientist has demolished claims by a prominent eugenicist for genetic screening. Dr James Sherley, a American biological engineer, was commenting on claims by Dr Julian Savulescu that parents should use genetic screening of human embryos to select personality traits. Dr Sherley, in comments to LifeSiteNews.com, said: “Our understanding of the contribution of the human genome to human psychology is not nearly advanced enough to make such a claim", adding "only fools and egoists would profess that they know better than Nature which traits are ‘positive’". [LifeSiteNews.com, 23 August]

SPUC Pro-Life offers its condolences on the death of Tony Nicklinson
SPUC Pro-Life, which was officially represented in the Debbie Purdy and Diane Pretty cases, has offered its condolences to the loved ones of Tony Nicklinson, who has died. Mr Nicklinson, who had 'locked-in' syndrome, last week lost his High Court bid for permission for euthanasia. Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, commented: "We offer our condolences to Mr Nicklinson’s family and friends. We note reports that his death was peaceful and while surrounded by his loved ones." [SPUC, 22 August]

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