Monday 16 January 2012

Young people are emerging on the front line of the pro-life movement

I have said on many occasions before on this blog that the new generation of young people committed to the defence of vulnerable human life is a reason for  great hope for the pro-life movement. Over the past few years these young people have emerged on the front line of the pro-life movement through initiatives such as 40 Days for Life in London and Birmingham. SPUC are proud of our work supporting these initiatives and of the work undertaken by young people within SPUC. Over the past year SPUC provided the first ever pro-life presence at Lewisham People's Day - one of London's biggest local fairs and SPUC's summer youth interns conducted a full scale campaign against the opening of a new abortion facility in Stratford.

Young people are showing a willingness to respond to the numerous threats our society poses to vulnerable human life. We must keep educating them about these realities and inspiring them to take action.

Every year since 2008 SPUC has hosted the International Youth Pro-Life Conference to do just that. Around 150 delegates join us from colleges and universities from around the world: England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, USA, Australia, Canada, Portugal, Germany, France, and the Congo. Previous speakers have included: Alex Schadenberg, Sr. Roseann Reddy, Brian Kemper, Rev. Dr. John Fleming and Rebecca Kiessling.

This year's the conference is on 2-4 March and the theme is 'Human Dignity'. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers who will address a wide variety of pro-life issues.

Rev. Dr. Andrew Pinsent: Pro-Life Philosophy
Lynette Burrows: Sex Education in Schools
Professor David Paton: Teenage Pregnancy and Abstinence strategies
Dr Ann Carus: Family Planning and IVF
Sr Andrea Fraile: Abortion Counselling
Fiorella Nash: Pro-life Feminism
Rev. Dr. John Fleming: Marriage and pro-life
Dr Philip Howard: End of Life Care
Dr. Jacqueline Laing: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

There will also be workshops looking at the effect of performing abortion on the abortionist, organising pro-life action and how the law treats human life during its earliest stages.

When: Friday, 2 March 2012 at 16:00 until Sunday, 4 March 2012 at 15:30
Where: Park Inn, Rotherham, Express Park, Manvers Way
How much: £90. You can book and pay online via our online shop, or download and fill out the booking form, posting it to us with a cheque.

There is a Facebook event page which you can use to inform others about this conference.

The price is heavily subsidised by SPUC, and includes all talks, workshops, handouts, meals, accommodation, and evening socials.

Delegates enjoying some discussion over lunch with Stephen Barrie of the Anscombe Bioethics centre Oxford, Annie, co-founder of Students for Life Bristol and Alithea and Annette of Cardiff Students for Life.

The conference is a great chance to pick up excellent prolife resources for yourself and your college or university prolife group.

A packed conference talk given by Donna Nicholson, SPUC Scotland director.

Please spread the word about this crucial pro-life event and encourage young people to sign-up today.

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