Thursday, 20 November 2014

Today is the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

On 20 November 1989 the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention defines a child as “every human being below the age of eighteen years” (art.1)

An unborn child is undoubtedly a human being, a member of the species Homo sapiens.

The Convention states that:
  • “Every child has the inherent right to life” (art.6.1)
  • “State parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child” (art.6.2)
  • “The child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and
  • care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth” (preamble)
lt should be noted that the CRC says “the need for such special safeguards has been…recognised in the UDHR [Universal Declaration of Human Rights]”.

The Convention has not been implemented for all children. The Convention is often unjustly reinterpreted to limit its scope just to children who have been born. lt is true that the practice of abortion is widespread and, in many countries, legal at least in some circumstances. There is, however, a mismatch between the human rights requirements of international law and the practice of individuals and nation states. Prohibitions on abortion by sovereign states are not only compatible with the requirements of international human rights instruments but are in fact the most probable interpretation of those requirements.

SPUC, and in particular its international team - Peter C. Smith, Patrick Buckley and Maria Madise - are working tirelessly, at the UN and elsewhere, to defend the rights of unborn children, especially against the constant pressure of the pro-abortion lobby to enshrine abortion as a human right.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

SPUC is disturbed by Belfast court ruling against respected pro-life campaigner

Bernadette Smyth
SPUC is disturbed by today's ruling by a Belfast court against a respected pro-life campaigner. Bernadette Smyth of Precious Life has been found guilty of harrassment against Dawn Purvis, the director of the Marie Stopes abortion centre in Belfast.

Liam Gibson, SPUC's Northern Ireland development officer, told the media earlier today:
"I find it very hard to believe that Bernadette Smyth, a highly-respected and long-serving pro-life leader, is guilty of criminal conduct. It would be quite wrong for her forthright opposition to abortion to be misconstrued as harrassment of women considering abortion or of abortion centre staff. SPUC supports her legal team's decision to appeal today's ruling.

At present we do not have an official transcript of the judge's remarks. Once an official transcript is available, we will be seeking a legal opinion on the judgment. If the media's reports of the judge's remarks are accurate, it appears that the ruling may represent a disturbing curtailment of pro-lifers' freedom of speech and other civil freedoms. There is an unbroken tradition in both Northern Ireland and Great Britain of pro-life vigils outside abortion centres being conducted lawfully and peaceably."
According to the BBC, District Judge Chris Holmes told Belfast Magistrates' Court:
"I want to make it absolutely clear that I do not feel it's appropriate for anyone to be stopped outside this clinic in any form, shape or fashion and questioned either to their identity, why they are going in there and being forced to involve themselves in conversation at times when they are almost certainly going to be stressed and very possibly distressed."
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Job vacancy for Despatch Officer at SPUC

Job vacancy for Despatch Officer at SPUC
SPUC wishes to recruit a full-time Despatch Officer (37½ hours p.w.), whose role will be to open daily post and prepare all outgoing post. The duties include:
  • photocopying and collating campaign material to be packed with the help of volunteers.
  • keeping records of all outgoing mailings, filing of sample copies
  • merchandise stock-keeping, store room organisation
The position, to commence in January 2015 and be based at SPUC’s Kennington HQ, would suit someone with good IT skills, organisational skills and manual lifting ability. The closing date is 12 December 2014. Salary according to age and experience. To request an application pack please contact Patrick Kingman, SPUC, Unit B, 3 Whitacre Mews, London SE11 4AB Email: patkingman@spuc.org.uk tel. 020 7820 3121.

Court of Appeal considers rights of unborn children
The Court of Appeal is currently discussing a test case of a mother who drank to excess during pregnancy, causing her daughter to be born with disabilities. The case was brought by a local authority on behalf of the now six-year-old girl. The local authority wish to win compensation on behalf of the young girl on the basis that she was a victim of a violent crime (that is, poisoning).  [Catholic Herald, 11 November]

Glasgow midwives hearing takes place in London
The case of the Glasgow midwives has been heard in the Supreme Court in London. Lawyers for Mary Doogan and Connie Wood defended the midwives' right to continue to work as Labour Ward Co-ordinators without being complicit in abortion. Mary and Connie have been midwives for over 25 years and helped deliver around 10,000 babies. It will be several months before the judgement is issued. SPUC has funded Connie and Mary’s legal representation throughout the case, with the kind donations of its supporters. [SPUC, 10 November]

Kenyan doctors discover tetanus vaccine laced with sterilising antigen
Vaccines used in Kenya have been laced with an antigen which can cause miscarriage and sterilisation, it is alleged. The vaccine has been administered to 2.3 million women and girls by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF. A spokesman for the Kenyan Catholic Doctors Association said: "[T]his WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine." [Acton Institute, 7 November]

Other stories:

Abortion
Disability
Embryology
Euthanasia
Marriage and family
Pregnancy
Sexual ethics
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Birth control injections for poor African women condemned by SPUC

A new device for giving birth control injections to poor African women has been condemned by SPUC, which has strong links to Africa.
SPUC was responding to the news that Sayana Press, a self-injectable version of Depo-Provera, is to be sold at US$1 per unit. ("The one dollar contraceptive set to make family planning easier", BBC, 16 November 2014)

The media has described the device as a "contraceptive". Like most forms of hormonal birth-control, however, Sayana Press/Depo-Provera can induce early abortions by making the lining of the womb hostile to newly-conceived human embryos.

In addition to its abortifacient mode, Sayana Press is dangerous for women. Risks include:
  • double the risk of HIV-1 infection
  • 2.2-fold increased risk of invasive breast cancer
  • permanent bone-density loss.   
Sayana Press is cheap and dangerous. Treating poor, black women like this is disgraceful.

Obianuju "Uju" Echeoka, a Nigerian women's advocate, said: "This is certainly not what African women have asked for. But yet in a world of shocking cultural imperialism, it is what our Western cultural masters have chosen to unleash upon us." For Uju's full comment, see
http://www.cultureoflifeafrica.com/2014/11/western-giants-launch-dangerous-and.html

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