Thursday, 21 April 2011

National delegations at UN oppose abortion & Holy See condemns use of condoms

This month SPUC witnessed twelve nations challenging the power of the pro-abortion lobby at the United Nations in New York at the annual meeting of the Commission on Population and Development.

Peter Smith, lobbying on behalf of SPUC, told me that in the Commission's final document there were 35 references to the term "reproductive" in various word combinations such as "sexual and reproductive health" and "universal access to reproductive health".

Tragically, powerful parties such as the UNFPA, Barack Obama, Britain, and the European Union define "reproductive health" as including access to abortion - and the same parties make aid to developing nations dependent on the distribution of the euphemistically-termed "reproductive health commodities".

However, at the end of the meeting the following national delegations put in reservations concerning the reproductive heath wording making it clear that abortion should not be promoted under the guise of "reproductive health":
  • Poland
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Holy See
  • Pakistan
  • St. Lucia
  • Malta
  • Honduras
  • Benin
  • Guatemala
Peter also tells me:
"The 22 countries in the Arab group stated that comprehensive sex education is not to be promoted without parents". [I note with sadness by way of contrast, as a Catholic father living in the archdiocese of Westminster in England, that our parental rights as the primary educators of our children have been powerfully opposed by our archbishop]
In addition, Peter Smith, SPUC's UN lobbyist, told me that the Holy See made a very good reservation and Fr Bene (of the Holy See delegation) stated that the Catholic Church does not condone the use of condoms either as a family planning measure or as part of HIV/AIDS prevention programmes or classes/programmes of education in sexuality - a position the Holy See also set out clearly the previous month at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, stating:
"In closing, my delegation takes the opportunity to reaffirm all of the Holy See’s reservations on past occasions with regard to the meaning of the term 'sexual and reproductive health', which should not include abortion or abortion services. Moreover, the Holy See in no way endorses contraception or the use of condoms, either as a family planning measure or as part of HIV/AIDS prevention programmes or classes/programmes of education in sexuality. The Holy See – as well as many women in the world – is convinced that the true advancement of women is strongly linked to the recognition and the effective implementation of their rights, dignity and responsibilities. Women and men are both called to welcome, protect and foster these, for a renewed commitment towards humanity."

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Today's must-read pro-life news-stories, Thursday 21 April

Vladimir Putin, Russian PM
Abortion
Embryology
Population
Sexual ethics
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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Young people in London are giving strong pro-life leadership

I am delighted and greatly encouraged to see young pro-lifers in London launching such bold and adventurous campaigns to defend life, as are currently being undertaken by the 40 Days for Life London team. The 40 Days team organised an ongoing prayer vigil outside of the BPAS clinic in Bedford Square (pictured). The vigil began Wednesday 9th March and concluded this past Sunday.

As well as organising a continuous all-day vigil every day for forty days, the team have also organised a number of other pro-life events.

One of these events was to hire the Notting Hill Coronet Cinema on two evenings and to host the UK Premiere of Maafa 21. Maafa 21 analyses the eugenic foundations of the abortion industry and explains that those eugenic principles are still in action today. In particular the movie focuses on the history of Planned Parenthood and it’s founder Margaret Sanger. Maafa 21 effectively reveals that racist attitudes were profoundly influential in the foundation of the abortion movement, and provides compelling evidence that racism remains hugely influential within the abortion industry today. For more information on the film visit the Maafa 21 website, or the webpage of the film’s producers Life Dynamics.

In addition to this the 40 Days team encouraged those supporting the vigil to hand out pro-life magazines all over London, and I understand they hope to keep such ventures going now that this intensive forty day period has come to a close.

I am so pleased to see such positive, effective pro-life leadership being undertaken by young people in our nation's capital and my own home town!

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Today must-read pro-life news-stories, Tuesday 19 April

Patrick Stewart
Abortion
Euthanasia
Population
General
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Monday, 18 April 2011

The government's cover-up of abortion stats is wrong

SPUC has responded to today's hearing in the High Court, at which the Department of Health (pictured) defended its decision not to publish break-downs of statistics on abortions of disabled children. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, told the media earlier today:
"We are very concerned by any attempt at secrecy by the government regarding abortion. It is absolutely vital for the future protection of both unborn children and women that there is complete transparency in official statistics. Secrecy will only serve those doctors authorising or performing abortions outside the terms of the law, which is already a widespread practice.

The fact that the case relates to statistics on the severity of disabilities among aborted unborn children is not strictly relevant to the moral issue. All unborn children, whatever their physical or mental state, have an equal right to life, confirmed by international human rights law.

So we should not be asking whether cleft palate is a more or less severe disability, but why the government wants to cover up the facts about which babies it is aborting and why.

The argument for transparency is all the stronger because nearly all abortions for disability are paid for by the taxpayer, and unlike most NHS procedures, they are not done to achieve any health benefit, but to cut the cost of caring for disabled people."
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The English courts should stop handing down judgments sanctioning the killing of disabled people

SPUC Pro-Life has responded to the first hearing in a case before the High Court in London, in which a woman is seeking to have assisted food and fluids removed from her brain-damaged daughter.

Paul Tully, SPUC Pro-Life’s general secretary, told the media earlier today:
“Since the 1992 Bland judgment, the English courts have established a trend of judgments which allow the killing of brain-damaged patients by starvation and dehydration. Such rulings are squarely contrary to the equal right to life of all human persons mandated by international human rights conventions. This case is about a human being. Whatever limitations she might have - of consciousness, feelings and so on - she still has a right to live her life, and that right must be protected and supported by the community. The supply of food and fluids, however administered, is not medical treatment but simply basic nursing care.

“We call upon the High Court to stop authorising lethal discrimination against the disabled, and stop repeating the false legal and ethical arguments it has used to justify such killings in the past.”
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This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Monday 18 April

Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
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