Thursday, 18 July 2013

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Thu 18 July

Top stories:

Same-sex marriage bill becomes law
The government's bill for same-sex marriage has now become law after its final parliamentary approval in the House of Commons last night and Royal Assent by Her Majesty the Queen today. Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, commented: "SPUC notes with deep regret the approval of the bill. The bill's provisions amount to a forthright attack on the natural institution of marriage. It will lead to discrimination and oppression of those who recognise the true importance of marriage for the generation of stable, sustainable families. The bill springs from an antagonism towards traditional families based on a lifelong faithful union geared to the raising and care of children. It will not only lead to further disintegration of families but to enforced teaching of children that 'same-sex marriage' is equivalent to real marriage." [SPUC, 16 July] Sir Gerald Howarth MP warned: There are lots of people out there now who despite all that's been said here will feel unable or inhibited from expressing their true opinions that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. Because we live in a politically correct society and it's going to be very interesting to see what happens to teachers. How many teachers will feel able to express their views even in denominational schools for fear of upsetting their political masters and might lose their jobs?" [Telegraph, 17 July]

See related LifeSiteNews.com report [16 July] with comments by Anthony McCarthy of SPUC regarding Catholic parliamentarians: "Conscience is not about personal preferences or taste and it cannot be about conformity to party politics. The obligation to seek the truth must never be curtailed in the interests of ‘consensus’. Too often our political class has made itself shallow by contenting itself to hold superficial convictions rather than deeply informed and judgements, faithful to the faith which they profess. Is it any wonder that, e.g. Catholic politicians, have become completely unable to speak for their fellow faithful when they adopt a ‘liberal’ view of conscience which perpetuates the very liberalism that undermines pro-life and pro-family policies?"

Aborting disabled babies is offensive and government-driven and getting worse
Aborting disabled babies is offensive and government-driven and getting worse, says SPUC. SPUC made the comments in an analysis of the latest official statistics for abortions in 2012. Anthony McCarthy, SPUC's education manager, commented: "It is tragic that, largely unremarked, the latest DoH abortion statistics show that Ground E abortions for suspected handidcap in the foetus were 2,692 this year, as opposed to 2,307 in 2011, an increase of nearly 300. Late abortions (post-24 weeks) have risen from 146 to 160, and that 99 of these took place after 26 weeks. Nearly all of these will have been for disability, at least according to the law ... [T]he double-standard between post-birth care for the disabled and the NHS-funded elimination of the disabled before birth continues apace." [SPUC, 18 July]

Other stories:

Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
  • Euthanasia Holocaust was not about ‘Nazis,’ but eugenics enthusiasts: and now they’re back [LifeSiteNews.com, 17 July]
Population
  • UK official forecaster says more immigration necessary to reduce strain of ageing population [Telegraph, 17 July]
  • Adult diapers to outsell baby nappies by end of decade in Japan [Telegraph, 15 July]
Sexual ethics
  • French police begin to rebel against being used by Hollande to oppress pro-marriage demonstrators [Protect the Pope, 17 July]
General
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Aborting disabled babies is offensive and government-driven and getting worse

SPUC has commented on the latest official statistics for abortions in 2012.

Anthony McCarthy, SPUC's education manager, said:
"It is tragic that, largely unremarked, the latest DoH abortion statistics show that Ground E abortions for suspected handidcap in the foetus were 2,692 this year, as opposed to 2,307 in 2011, an increase of nearly 300.

Late abortions (post-24 weeks) have risen from 146 to 160, and that 99 of these took place after 26 weeks. Nearly all of these will have been for disability, at least according to the law."

The DoH policy of promoting universal screening to ensure that as many disabled babies as possible are aborted has been in place for many years, so it is difficult to know the reasons for the increase.

There have been discrepancies between figures published by the DoH and those from Eurocat and the National Down Syndrome Cytogenic Register on abortion for disability. Possible prior underreporting by the DoH may explain the situation, though trends in later-age pregnancies may also be a factor. Either way, the double-standard between post-birth care for the disabled and the NHS-funded elimination of the disabled before birth continues apace.

Forward thinkers in the pro-abortion lobby are pressing for this double-standard to be abolished, by introducing infanticide – as evidenced by a special edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics earlier this year, with editorials calling for this to be examined." (See http://jme.bmj.com/content/39/5/260.extract )
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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

SPUC reflects on Dail approval of Irish abortion bill

SPUC has issued the following reflection on the Dáil's recent approval of the Irish government's abortion bill:

Irish politicians vote for the introduction of abortion:

The Irish parliament (Dáil Éireann) voted to approve a bill to legalise abortion in the early hours of Friday morning last. Sadly, only 31 of the 166 TDs (MPs) voted against the bill. It will now be considered by the Senate, where further attempts will be made to amend it. It is expected that this process will last for six days. Depending on whether any amendments are agreed, the bill will either return to the Dáil to be finalised, or, if it remains unamended, will be sent directly to the President for signature.

The bill has attracted criticisms for the grounds on which it has been introduced, the dishonesty of its promoters, and the likely effects it will have.

Grounds of introduction:

The background reasons for the introduction of the legislation relate back to the Supreme Court decision in the 'X Case', and the subsequent decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the 'A, B & C Case'. However, the current bill was introduced on the basis of media frenzy following the death of a mother in pregnancy. This frenzy was despite the fact that Ireland without abortion has consistently been one of the safest countries in world to give birth (e.g. much safer than the US and the UK).

The proposed legislation is the result of a long-term campaign by political parties and organisations with an ideological commitment to promote abortion without regard to health indications. Organisations such as the Labour Party, Doctors for Choice, IPPF (of which the Irish Family Planning Association is an affiliate) and others.

Dishonesty of the promoters:

The title of the bill misrepresents the content. It is called the "Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill", but it aims to legalise the killing of unborn babies in Ireland.

The bill repeals the statutory ban on abortion in sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. These are the main provisions that give effect to the constitutional protection of unborn children inscribed in the Irish Constitution. The attempt within the legislation to replace the 1861 Act is unsatisfactory.

Fine Gael, the major government party, in bringing forward this legislation has reneged on assurances given before the last election that it would not legislate for abortion.

Likely effects of enacting the bill:

By allowing abortion to be authorised for a threat or fear of suicide, the bill invites long-term widespread abuse.

The supposed safeguard of multiple doctors’ signatures has proved no bar to doctors offering abortion on demand in the UK. Most abortions are said to be necessary for mental health, but abortion aggravates mental health problems.

Medics, including family doctors, nurses and midwives, who refuse to help kill unborn children on grounds of conscience (and also refuse to help arrange for someone else to do so) will be in breach of this law and subject to undefined consequences. Forcing people to act against their conscience is a further indication of the barbarity and intolerance behind this bill.

The bill will lead to health officials driving forward a radical pro-abortion regime.

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Pro-family group SPUC laments Lords approval of same-sex marriage bill

SPUC has lamented the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Marriage) Bill by the House of Lords yesterday.

Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, told the media earlier today:
"SPUC notes with deep regret the House of Lords's approval of the bill. The bill's provisions amount to a forthright attack on the natural institution of marriage. It will lead to discrimination and oppression of those who recognise the true importance of marriage for the generation of stable, sustainable families.

The bill springs from an antagonism towards traditional families based on a lifelong faithful union geared to the raising and care of children. It will not only lead to further disintegration of families but to enforced teaching of children that 'same-sex marriage' is equivalent to real marriage."
SPUC has published a position paper on same-sex marriage – explaining why SPUC campaigns for real marriage, and a background paper to be read in conjunction with the position paper and which provides some additional references and reflections.

The bill is expected to return this evening to the House of Commons for MPs to consider amendments made to the bill in the House of Lords by the government, none of which were major amendments. It is predicted that, by the end of this week, the Commons will give final parliamentary approval to the bill and Her Majesty the Queen will give it Royal Assent.

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Same-sex marriage bill passes House of Lords

Top stories:

Same-sex marriage bill passes House of Lords
The government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has passed the House of Lords without further opposition. The bill is expected to return tomorrow to the House of Commons for MPs to consider amendments made to the bill in the House of Lords by the government, none of which were major amendments. It is predicted that, by the end of this week, the Commons will give final parliamentary approval to the bill and Her Majesty the Queen will give it Royal Assent. [Telegraph, 15 July]

Irish abortion bill news round-up:
  • Minister Creighton exercises conscientious objection despite Enda Kenny's threats [Pat Buckley, 12 July]
  • High Court challenge to Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill rejected as the Bill is currently under consideration [Pat Buckley, 12 July]
  • All night debate in Ireland's pro-abortion legislation failed to dispose of all amendments [Pat Buckley, 11 July]
  • Call from Europe for Taoiseach to respect conscientious objection of Fine Gael Party members [Pat Buckley, 10 July]
  • Ireland's proposed abortion bill will advance abortion as a human right says Dana [Pat Buckley, 9 July]
Other stories:

Abortion
  • NHS figures disclose 33 women have had at least nine abortions [Telegraph, 11 July]
  • Number of abortions performed on cohabitees has trebled in a decade [Mail, 11 July]
  • Chile's president praises 11-year-old for going ahead with pregnancy resulting from rape [Telegraph, 11 July]
Euthanasia
  • Liverpool care pathway should be phased out, independent review finds [Guardian, 15 July]
Population
  • Scholar says population fears ignore history's evidence [CNA, 11 July]
  • China's Big (and Growing) Problem With Its Elderly Population [Atlantic, 10 July]
Sexual ethics
General
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