Thursday, 2 April 2015

British women going abroad for surrogacy and IVF

The IVI fertility clinic in Madrid
According to The Telegraph newspaper, there is an increase in the number of British women travelling abroad for surrogacy and IVF. Figures suggest that 167 British children were born from surrogates last year, up from 47 children in 2007. One chain of private IVF clinics in Spain reports a 60% increase in British patients over the last decade. [Telegraph, 30 March] and [Telegraph, 28 MarchIVF is an anti-life practice in which the vast majority of human embryos are killed.

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To defend marriage is to defend unborn children

Yesterday evening I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak at the church of Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, at the invitation of the Parish Priest, Fr Alan Robinson.

I spoke on the subject of "Why the pro-life movement must defend marriage or face defeat."

In my talk I explained the profound interconnection between the defence of marriage and the defence of children, born and unborn. The family based on marriage is the natural habitat of children; destroy the habitat and you destroy the environment that children need to survive and thrive.

I also discussed the important research of Dr Patricia Morgan, commissioned and presented to Parliament by SPUC. Dr Morgan demonstrates the disastrous consequences that the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples has on traditional family structures and, consequently, on the life and well-being of children.

Speaking as a Catholic, I went on to discuss the attacks on Catholic teaching that are now emanating from within the structures of the Church, especially in connection with the Synod on the Family, the second and concluding session of which will take place in Rome this coming October.

I concluded my talk as follows:
At this point in history, observing events in the Church and in the State we have much to be fearful of, yet we know that we can take comfort from the fact that history shows that no matter how grave the crisis, a time will come when the Church and her teaching will stand vindicated, while error and sin will stand powerless and condemned. 
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, in his book Wind, Sand and Stars, writes:
 “Water is worth its weight in gold; the smallest drop kindles in the sand the green spark of a blade of grass. If rain falls anywhere, a great exodus brings life to the Sahara.”
The modern west, and the Church in many other parts of the world, seems, like the Sahara, to be a lifeless desert. Yet, just beneath the surface, life waits to be given the opportunity to spring forth. Faithful Catholics and all men and women of good will worldwide, many of whom we are privileged to work with in the pro-life movement, are the seeds of this new life. Let us pray that the harvest will be very great in the months and years ahead. 

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

I interview Fr Peter West of Human Life International

I was at Human Life International (HLI) headquarters in Front Royal, Virginia, in the US, earlier this month meeting Monsignor Barreiro, head of HLI's Rome office & currently working at HLI HQ. I was en route to Cleveland, Ohio, where I was speaking on "Why the Pro-life Movement must embrace marriage and the family or face defeat" at Cleveland Right to Life's Convention.

Whilst there I had the pleasure of meeting again and interviewing Fr Peter West, vice-president of Mission for HLI.

We spoke about the worldwide work of Human Life International, in over 100 countries, many of the poorest countries in the world where they are building opposition to the culture of death. "We are small but we are the oftentimes the conscience ...  we are a voice which the opposition wants to stamp out ... It's a struggle between David and Goliath" he told me.

We spoke about same-sex marriage, about contraception being at the foundation of the culture of death, and about the terrible damage done by Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, about whom Fr West has written recently, whose heterodox influence has been felt around the world which resulted in the loss of Catholic character of so many "Catholic" colleges around the world.

Fr Peter West's powerful educational ministry can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.



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