Saturday, 14 December 2013

Good and bad news as the Australian High Court rules on same-sex marriage law

There was both good news and bad news this week as the High Court of Australia ruled on the law in the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T.) which sought to allow same-sex civil marriages. The High Court said that the ACT's same-sex marriage law was invalid, because it contradicted Federal law, which only recognises opposite-sex marriage.

The bad news is that the High Court held also held that:
"s 51(xxi) [of the Australian Constitution] gives the federal Parliament power to pass a law providing for same sex marriage ... The status of marriage, the social institution which that status reflects, and the rights and obligations which attach to that status [marriage] never have been, and are not now, immutable ... When used in s 51(xxi), "marriage" is a term which includes a marriage between persons of the same sex."
So the Federal Parliament could, at some future point, decide to allow same-sex marriages. Thankfully last year Parliament voted against allowing same-sex marriages, and Tony Abbot, the newly-elected Catholic prime minister, is against same-sex marriage. The homosexualist lobby, however, is powerful and well-funded, so we must pray hard for the defence of marriage in Australia.

The content of this week's judgment is a salutary lesson to pro-life/pro-family campaigners not to get carried away by victories, but to form a cold, clear assessment of the texts, voting patterns, lobby-strengths etc. involved in each situation.

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Friday, 13 December 2013

Terminally-ill man fears changes to assisted suicide law

Top stories:

Terminally ill man on why he fears for any changes to the law around assisted suicide [Yahoo!, 12 December]

European Parliament again rejects pro-abortion Estrela report, SPUC thanks supporters

Following the rejection of the pro-abortion Estrela report by the European Parliament plenary session, SPUC has thanked its supporters and colleagues for helping secure the pro-life victory. John Smeaton, SPUC's chief executive, said: "The Estrela report represents one of the most concerted recent attempts to get the European Parliament to exceed its competence and try to impose abortion on European Union member-states. Today's rejection of the Estrela report proves that peaceful and prayerful grassroots lobbying by pro-lifers can have a real positive impact in the political arena. I wish to thank SPUC's supporters at home and our colleagues in Europe for saving lives today." The "Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights", put forward by Edite Estrela MEP, suggested that abortion is a human right, called for compulsory sex education for all children in and outside of school, and attacked conscientious objection for healthcare professionals. [SPUC, 10 December]

Other stories:

Abortion
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
General
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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Read The Telegraph's moving obituary of Alison Davis

Today's edition of The Telegraph has a moving obituary of Alison Davis, the leader of No Less Human, SPUC's division for disabled people. It starts:
"Alison Davis , who has died aged 58, was a severely disabled woman who became a prominent campaigner against the legalisation of assisted suicide, a campaign which was all the more potent because for many years she had wanted to end her own life."
and further down reads:
"From 1983 Alison Davis began working for SPUC’s new Handicap Division (later renamed No Less Human), and after two pilgrimages to Lourdes she was received into the Catholic Church in 1991.

In the years that followed she became a leading spokeswoman not only in opposition to attempts to introduce legislation allowing assisted suicide, but on such matters as abortion, genetic screening and embryonic stem cell research, which she acknowledged might potentially help people with conditions like hers, but opposed on the basis of the belief that life begins at the moment of conception."
and concludes:
"In 2002 Alison Davis won the Clarins Woman of the Year title for her charity work, and the following year was named Britain’s most inspirational woman in a competition organised by the Body Shop and Marie Claire magazine."
The online version of the obituary features a YouTube video of a testimonial by Alison in 2011:



Details about Alison's funeral tomorrow can be found at http://alison-davis-info.blogspot.co.uk/

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

European Parliament again rejects pro-abortion Estrela report, SPUC thanks supporters

Following today's rejection of the pro-abortion Estrela report by the European Parliament plenary session, I thank SPUC's supporters and colleagues for helping secure the pro-life victory.

The Estrela report represents one of the most concerted recent attempts to get the European Parliament to exceed its competence and try to impose abortion on European Union member-states. Today's rejection of the Estrela report proves that peaceful and prayerful grassroots lobbying by pro-lifers can have a real positive impact in the political arena. I wish to thank SPUC's supporters at home and our colleagues in Europe for saving lives today.

The "Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights", put forward by Edite Estrela MEP, suggested that abortion is a human right, called for compulsory sex education for all children in and outside of school, and attacked conscientious objection for healthcare professionals.

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European Parliament to vote today on new version of pro-abortion Estrela report

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European Parliament to vote on new version of pro-abortion Estrela report
Today (Tuesday 10 December) the European Parliament will meet in plenary to vote on a new version of the "Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights" put forward by Edite Estrela, the radically pro-abortion MEP. SPUC has urged all pro-lifers to email their MEPs to tell them to vote against the very dangerous Estrela report. The report suggests that abortion is a human right, calls for compulsory sex education for all children in and outside of school, and attacks conscientious objection for healthcare professionals. [SPUC, 5 December]

Proposed abortion changes not wanted in Northern Ireland, says SPUC
Proposed changes to abortion law are not wanted by the people of Northern Ireland nor by their elected representatives, said SPUC Northern Ireland. SPUC Northern Ireland was responding to reports that David Ford, Northern Ireland's justice minister, is to launch a consultation on whether Northern Ireland's abortion law should be changed to allow abortion where the unborn child is terminally-ill or has been conceived in rape or incest. Liam Gibson, SPUC Northern Ireland's development officer, said: "The people and politicians of Northern Ireland have shown, time and time again, that they reject pro-abortion attempts to change Northern Ireland's abortion law. I am confident that they will do so again." [SPUC, 5 December]

Alison Davis, leader of SPUC's division for disabled people, is mourned
3 December 2013: Alison Davis, the leader of No Less Human, the division for disabled people within SPUC, died on Tuesday 3 December, aged 58. She had been unwell for several years, and a long-term difficulty in eating resulted in her sad passing. John Smeaton, SPUC's director, commented: "Everyone in SPUC and the whole pro-life movement will be greatly saddened at her passing. Frail in body, she was full of strength in defence of the most defenceless human beings - disabled unborn children." [SPUC, 3 December]

Related stories:
God rest Nelson Mandela. His record on pro-life/pro-family issues [John Smeaton, 6 December]

Other stories:

Abortion
  • Save the Children's sad record of support for abortion and contraception including abortifacients [SPUC, 28 November]
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
General
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