Friday, 22 August 2014

Immoral not to abort unborn children with Down's Syndrome, says Richard Dawkins

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Immoral not to abort unborn children with Down's Syndrome, says Richard Dawkins
Professor Richard Dawkins, the prominent atheist scientist, has said that it is "immoral" not to abort unborn children with Down's Syndrome. He made the comments in a discussion on Twitter. The professor argued that foetuses should not be given the same legal rights as older human beings. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, told the BBC: "All unborn children, whether disabled or not, are equal members of the human family, and therefore have an equal right to life with the rest of humanity. As a scientist, Dawkins should know better than to deny that human life begins at conception. As a former foetus, I am against abortion in all circumstances." [BBC, 21 August]

Book now for SPUC's national conference, 5-7 September
SPUC's national conference takes place once again at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, from 5-7 September. This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear international speakers on a range of pro-life topics, and get up to date with all SPUC’s campaigns. It is a must for all SPUC branches. We are delighted that our speakers this year will include Bishop Philip Egan, Roman Catholic bishop of Portsmouth. See the conference programme To book, download the booking form and return it to SPUC with the conference fee. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Katherine Hampton, the conference organiser, by email to or by telephone on 020 7820 3137. [SPUC]

Other stories:

  • UK citizens are second largest contributors to suicide tourism in Switzerland [IBT via Yahoo, 22 August]
  • The bleak new reality in care homes for the elderly [, 21 August] Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, commented: "This is utilitarian tick-box medicine,  in which hospital managers put a selfish desire to evade challenging work above the right to life and their duty of care to their patients. In a society in which human life is regarded as disposable, it is inevitable that bureaucracies will put pressure on ordinary people to agree to terminate lives deemed wasteful. The Mental Capacity Act and the Liverpool Care Pathway have worked to entrench this mentality in the National Health Service."
  • Head of the Church of England speaks out against assisted suicide [NRLC, 8 August]
  • Mother has four babies in 9 months after triplets were conceived weeks after son's birth [Mail, 11 August]
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