Friday 9 March 2012

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Fri 9 Mar

Top stories:

Ambassadors walk-out of UN meeting over new sexual rights agenda
A large group of ambassadors have walked out of a United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council discussion in Geneva, Switzerland, in protest at a concerted attempt to create new sexual rights. The panel chosen for the discussion was unanimous in its support for expanding universally-accepted human rights norms to include the novel concepts of 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity'. Pat Buckley, who represented SPUC at the meeting, reported: "The ambassadors of the Arab Group and of the Organisation of Islamic States (OIC) walked out once the discussion began. Delegates chosen by the Arab Group and the OIC also walked out after delivering strongly-worded statements." SPUC upholds the family based on natural (i.e. heterosexual) marriage because of its protective effect for both unborn and born children. [SPUC, 8 March]

Fantastic SPUC youth conference paused in silence to remember Tony Bland RIP
The 5th International Youth Pro-Life Conference, organised by SPUC and held in Rotherham, south Yorkshire, was a massive success for the future of the pro-life cause. 140 delegates grew in their knowledge and love of the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the family. On Saturday morning the delegates observed two minutes' silence for Tony Bland who, 19 years ago to the day, was starved and dehydrated to death following a court ruling. [John Smeaton, 5 March]

Other stories:

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, Spain's justice minister
  • Adult stem cells beat kidney rejection, claim US scientists [BBC, 8 March]
  • Adult stem cells may treat glaucoma, claim UK scientists [BBC, 7 March]
Sexual ethics
  • More than half all births in Scotland to umarried couples for first time, statistics show [Daily Record, 9 March]
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