Thursday 12 January 2012

Today's must-read pro-life news-stories, Thu 12 Jan

Eugenics victim
Top stories:

Please pray for SPUC on our 45th anniversary
45 years ago yesterday (11 January), the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) was established at a meeting in central London. The meeting was held at the Wig and Pen Club in the Strand. Alan Smith, who remains a member of SPUC's executive committee and on its national council, was elected joint honorary secretary of the Society at that meeting in the Strand. Alan said: "It's an important landmark in the pro-life movement of which I'm pleased to be part." [John Smeaton, 11 January]

Hundreds of forcibly-sterilised North Carolina women set to receive $50k compensation
Hundreds of women (one pictured) forcibly sterilised under a now-defunct North Carolina eugenics programme are set to receive US$50,000 each in compensation. The state task-force which determined the sum said it was not seeking to place a value on people's lives. [Mail, 10 January] Such programmes were promoted by Margaret Sanger, the founder of the worldwide abortion movement.

Jersey's health minister against assisted suicide
Anne Pryke, the health minister of the UK island of Jersey, says she will not support the legalisation of assisted suicide. The BBC reported that Mrs Pryke said that life was a privilege and should be protected. Her comments come after a widely-publicised report by a pro-suicide lobbying group. [BBC, 8 January]

Other stories:

  • NHS cutting back on IVF to save money, stats suggest [Telegraph, 12 January]
  • UK researchers claim two is best number of embryos to implant in IVF [Telegraph, 12 January]
  • UK study claims IVF babies born from frozen embryos are "healthier" than those from fresh ones [Mail, 6 January]
  • 'Chimeric' monkeys made from cells of six different 'parents' [Mail, 6 January]
  • Profile of China's "Precious Snowflakes", 2nd generation of one-child policy children [Telegraph, 8 January]
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