Saturday, 13 October 2012

Keep up-to-date with the pro-life battle in Northern Ireland

Liam Gibson, SPUC Northern Ireland
Liam Gibson, SPUC's development officer in Northern Ireland, recently started an excellent blog, "Pro-life Belfast". The widely-reported controversy last week over Marie Stopes setting up an abortion clinic in Belfast shows how important it is for pro-lifers to keep up-to-date with the pro-life battle in Northern Ireland. Do bookmark Liam's blog and spread the word. Below are links to a few of Liam's recent blogposts:
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Friday, 12 October 2012

No plans to review abortion law, insists health minister Earl Howe

Top stories:

No plans to review abortion law, insists health minister Earl Howe [Independent, 11 October]

Related story:
Viability bad guide to abortion law reform, says SPUC
SPUC has responded to the latest official statistics on infant mortality, by warning that viability is a bad guide to abortion law reform. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, said: ”Anyone who has experienced the trauma of a premature birth will warmly welcome scientific advances in saving prematurely-born babies, but the viability of unborn children should not be used as a guide for reforming the law on abortion. Viability is a criterion which varies from place to place in the country and from place to place in the world. Viability has nothing to do with the humanity of the child in the womb; it has everything to do with technological progress and the excellence and dedication of medical staff. A child's capacity to survive is not what makes him or her a human being. When a premature baby, after receiving expert treatment, sadly dies, doctors are not criticised for treating a non-person. They have tried to save a baby, but sadly failed. Passing legislation on such an arbitrary basis leads to legislatures making equally arbitrary exceptions – as the UK Parliament did in 1990, making abortion lawful up till birth for disabled babies and on certain other grounds.” [Telegraph, 11 October]

SPUC condemns Belfast abortion centre plans
Claims that Marie Stopes International is to carry out abortions at a new centre in Belfast have been condemned by SPUC. It is irresponsible and crass for the abortion giant to suggest it would provide abortions at a newly-established centre. The procedure is only legal when there is a serious danger to the mother’s life. SPUC has twice taken Northern Ireland health department to court to force it to withdraw abortion guidelines, because they failed to reflect the law accurately. SPUC was proved correct in its approach to the law on both occasions. [SPUC, 11 October]

Other stories:

Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
General
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Thursday, 11 October 2012

SPUC condemns Belfast abortion centre plans

Claims that Marie Stopes International is to carry out abortions at a new centre in Belfast have been condemned by SPUC. It is irresponsible and crass for the abortion giant to suggest it would provide abortions at a newly established centre. The procedure is only legal when there is a serious danger to the mother’s life. 

SPUC has twice taken Northern Ireland health department to court to force it to withdraw abortion guidelines, because they failed to reflect the law accurately. The pro-life group was proved correct in its approach to the law on both occasions.

Liam Gibson, SPUC's development officer in the Province, told the media earlier today:
"The law here is clear. The Northern Ireland Assembly has jurisdiction over abortion, not Marie Stopes. And the people of Northern Ireland are not prepared to let the abortion industry change our law by breaking it. Abortion is not health care, it is a criminal offence. Only in extreme circumstances, when a woman's life is in danger, can it even be considered. Health officials and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) should explain why they think any doctor dealing with such a case should send a pregnant woman to a private, commercially-run campaign group’s abortion centre rather than offering her NHS hospital care.

Health officials and the RQIA are grossly abusing their power by suggesting that Marie Stopes will be offering ‘legal abortions’ at this centre.

Abortionists in Britain may be used to flouting the law by performing sex-selection abortions on baby girls and falsifying paperwork, but the pro-life people and politicians in Northern Ireland expect officials to ensure that the laws here protecting the right to life of unborn children will be enforced. It is deeply disturbing to see public officials adopting the role of promoting illegal abortion regardless of the law, as the Department of Health has done in England over many years."
Marie Stopes International (MSI) UK had an income of £145 million last year, mostly in fees and grants from government bodies (but also fees from clients) for abortion and other “sexual health services”. 

MSI began advertising abortion on television in England in 2010, but stopped after advertising groups received a record number of objections and SPUC pointed out that the advertising was both grossly offensive and illegal.


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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Wed 10 Oct

Top story:

Abortion limit stories dismissed as hype by UK's main pro-life group SPUC
The UK's largest and oldest pro-life group, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) www.spuc.org.uk has dismissed recent newspaper stories about ministerial support for reducing abortion time-limits as "journalistic hype". SPUC was responding to recent stories in The Times and The Telegraph newspapers in which ministers were asked whether they support reducing time-limits for abortion. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC communications manager, commented: "These stories are in reality media-generated hype. There is no 'news' in these stories. The voting records of Jeremy Hunt, Maria Miller and Theresa May on abortion time-limits, over four years ago, are public knowledge. The Telegraph supports reducing abortion time-limits while The Times is strongly against any abortion restrictions, and between them they are generating some heat but little light on the real politics of abortion. There is some scare-mongering by pro-abortion figures, and some groundless hope for success by Nadine Dorries MP, whose amendments in 2008 were clearly defeated. There is a large pro-abortion majority in Parliament which will ensure that any time-limiting amendments are rejected while using the opportunity to push for pro-abortion amendments. The real political debate about abortion in the UK should focus - as it does elsewhere in the world - on the right to life of all unborn children and on way governments bankroll abortion access at home and abroad." > [SPUC, 6 October]

Other stories:

Abortion
  • New song “Follow Me” begins with sound of unborn child’s heartbeat [NRLC, 9 October]
Euthanasia
Embryology
Sexual ethics
General
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