Friday, 27 May 2011

Today's must-read pro-life news-stories, Friday 27 May

Leah Hardy and children
Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
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Thursday, 26 May 2011

A Russian Orthodox priest speaks out against Britain's culture of death

Today I had the pleasure of renewing my acquaintance with Archpriest Andrew Phillips, who leads one of Britain's 40 Russian Orthodox parishes in Colchester. Archpriest Andrew has kindly sent me some of his recent personal reflections on pro-life issues:
"After 1945 we were to be provided by the Welfare State with care ‘from the cradle to the grave’. Instead, it rather looks as though, with legalised abortion on demand and creeping euthanasia, we are being provided with death from the cradle to the grave.

In the NHS today, where one of our daughters works as a nurse, patients who refuse to die are called ‘coffin dodgers’. Everything must be accounted for, everything has a price – the accountant’s mentality introduced into everything by Mrs Thatcher and ardently pursued by Mr Blair. Today, life and death decisions are overseen by NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, the ironically-named organisation which decides whether we can afford care for the sick or not. It was prophesied by C. S. Lewis, also in 1945, in his novel ‘That Hideous Strength’, which is about a devilish and anti-human organisation called N.I.C.E. – the ‘National Institute of Co-ordinated Experiments’. That organisation should definitely have been called NASTY.

Financial pressures decide our ‘best interests’ - life or death. DCS - Deep Continuous Sedation – with deprivation of food and fluids - is the fate of more and more terminally ill. DCS is in fact simply a disguised, politically correct term for euthanasia. Yet, the Gospel of Christ proclaims not ‘Euthanasia’ (‘Good Mortality’), but Athanasia – Immortality.

It is the same with abortion, the politically correct term for infanticide or child-murder. It is no good referring to a child as ‘an embryo’ or ‘a foetus’, it is still a child and its abortion is still murder. We are told that we must be ‘pro-choice’ (another disguised name), but what is this choice: to murder or not to murder? This is no more a choice than that made by the Nazis in their death camps. In reality, there is only one choice. It is not ‘pro-life’ or ‘pro-choice’, it is pro-life or anti-life.

The Western culture of death is the culture of suicide. Does the Western - and Westernised – world want to live or want to die? I know where I stand."
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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Fewer Northern Irish women are travelling to England for abortions

Belfast
One of the less reported aspects of the 2010 abortion statistics (England and Wales) released yesterday is the fall in the number of women from Northern Ireland having abortions in England and Wales. In 2010 there were 1,101 such abortions, down from 1,577 10 years ago. Liam Gibson, SPUC Northern Ireland's development officer, told me:
"SPUC has invested considerable effort and resources in Northern Ireland over decades. That lives of babies have been saved is a not just a tribute to all SPUC staff but to SPUC's supporters. Their commitment can does save lives. The people of Northern Ireland are grateful for their support."
Statistically an unborn baby in Northern Ireland is safer than anywhere else in the UK. The success of the pro-life movement in preventing the extension of the mainland's Abortion Act 1967 to Northern Ireland  has meant that the law in the Province still safeguards the lives of unborn children as well as protecting women from the terrible damage which abortion can cause. SPUC has been particularly successful in challenging departmental guidance which seriously misrepresented the law on abortion. As a direct result of SPUC's latest legal challenge, the government has now withdrawn that guidance and must produce a new, legally accurate version.

Peaceful, prayerful, well-informed and uncompromisingly pro-life resistance will overcome the culture of death.

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This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Wednesday 25 May

Julia Holcomb and Steve Tyler (centre)
Abortion
Embryologist
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
General
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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

New abortion figures show avoidable tragedy

The latest annual abortion figures represent 190,000 unborn babies whose deaths were entirely avoidable. The figures for 2010 in England and Wales show a slight increase in registered abortions over the previous year. Abortions were 8% higher than 10 years before in 2000.

Commenting on the figures, Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, told the media earlier today:
“The annual abortion statistics tell a tragic story of avoidable death – driven by commercial interests and sexual exploitation of women. The abortion industry and the Department of Health abet the anti-life culture by promoting the idea that sex – and abortion - must be available to everyone on demand.

“As a result, for every two married women who have abortions, 11 unmarried women undergo abortions.

“A notable shift in the figures for 2010 is an increase of nearly 10% in abortions of disabled babies. 2290 disabled babies were destroyed in 2010, compared to 2085 in 2009. The average for the past 5 years had been under 2000.

“Private abortionists are once again favoured by the Department of Health policy of spending NHS money on so-called ‘charitable’ abortion services. These services do not provide any genuine benefit, but simply provide abortions and charge the NHS.

“In contrast, there has been a further small but welcome reduction in abortions performed here on women from Northern Ireland. Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland but some women travel to England for abortions. The figure has gone down from 1577 in 2001 to 1101 in 2010.”
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This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Tuesday 24 May

Dr Gianna Emanuela Molla
Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
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Monday, 23 May 2011

This morning's must-read pro-life news-stories, Monday 23 May

Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, Malta
Abortion
Embryology
Sexual ethics
General
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