Monday, 11 February 2013

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Mon 11 Feb

SPUC thanks Pope for linking protecting life with defending marriage
SPUC has thanked His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for linking the protection of human life with the defence of marriage. SPUC was responding to this morning's announcement that Pope Benedict is abdicating the papal throne due to ill health. John Smeaton, SPUC's director, commented: “On behalf of SPUC, I wish to express our gratitude to Pope Benedict for the many times in which he linked the protection of human life with defending the family based on authentic marriage and with the proper use of sexuality. For example, in November 2010 he referred to '[m]arriage in which a man and a woman form a family which generously accepts life and accompanies it from conception until natural end.' And in 2008 he linked 'concern for human life' with 'responsible conjugal love', in a statement marking the 40th anniversary of 'Humanae Vitae', Pope Paul VI’s encyclical against contraception. Pope Benedict’s statements were wake-up calls to the whole pro-life movement to campaign against same-sex marriage and similar threats to the life-giving meaning of sexuality.” [SPUC, 11 February]

Don’t let Red Nose Day leave you red-faced
The annual Red Nose Day returns on 15 March. Pro-lifers should boycott raising money for Red Nose Day. Raising money for Red Nose Day means that some of that money will go to charities and projects that are inimical to building a culture that respects all human life from conception. Don’t let Red Nose Day leave you red-faced - get the facts. [John Smeaton,6 February]

Pro-family MPs fight back in same-sex marriage debate
The government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was given a second reading in the House of Commons today by 400 votes to 175. Pro-family MPs fought back against the same-sex marriage agenda. The strength of the opposition to the bill was larger than expected, and came largely from the governments own back-bench MPs. The bill now goes to Committee for further scrutiny. We call upon the millions of people who value marriage to continue to lobby parliamentarians to resist the bill. [SPUC, 5 February]

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