Friday, 27 April 2012

Please sign international petition against eugenics

Stop Eugenics Now, a new European initiative, has launched an international online petition calling on the European Court of Human Rights to
“reaffirm the principle of the prohibition of eugenics, and the obligation of the Member States to protect the life of every person, including of the disabled before their birth.”
The petition is open to individuals, families, and disabled rights organisations. People living in EU and Council of Europe countries are strongly encouraged to sign the petition. The campaign is supported by pro-life and disability rights organisations such as Fondation Jerome Lejeune, Down Syndrome Ireland, Down Syndrome Education International, and the European Down Syndrome Association.

The petition comes in response to the case of Anita KRUZMANE v. Latvia. The statement of facts provided by the European Court of Human Rights says that on 15 January 2002, applicant Anita Kruzmane, during her eighteenth week of pregnancy, had an appointment with doctor L. The doctor suggested that the applicant have a consultation with a specialist and, inter alia, issued a referral for the applicant to undergo an alpha-feto protein (“AFP”) test. The AFP test is used to detect prenatal foetal abnormality. The applicant later alleged that she had not in fact been referred for the AFP test by doctor L. and, consequently, had not taken the test. On 5 June 2002 the applicant gave birth to a daughter with Down’s syndrome. The applicant complains under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights that, owing to the negligence of a doctor, she was denied adequate and timely medical care in the form of an antenatal screening test which would have indicated the risk of her foetus having a genetic disorder and which would have allowed her to choose whether to continue the pregnancy.

This case has come to light weeks after the United Nations established 21 March 2012 the first world Down’s syndrome day. This case now before the follows several other high-profile cases about abortion, such as Vo v France, Tysiac v Poland, A.B.C v Ireland, and R.R v Poland. This case, like many cases concerning abortion, can be considered another attempt by the pro-abortion culture of death. Most recently Brazil changed its legislation to permit the killing of unborn babies with anencephaly. We have also seen several cases from France and the Netherlands concerning so-called “wrongful births” of children with conditions such as Down’s syndrome. What makes the present case particularly lamentable is the fact that it is disabled babies who are the target of ideologues who jump at the chance of bringing such cases to the courts, disguising their wicked agenda with the rhetoric of choice, rights, health, and equality. The decisions of the courts are then used as a form of soft law to be cited and quoted, included in reports, referenced in future legal submissions, all with the aim of establishing a human right to abortion.

According to the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) memorandum:
“This case may provide an opportunity for the Court to clarify its case-law with regard to eugenics and abortion. This is necessary due to some visible confusion in the existing case-law, and this is made possible considering the large number of important cases currently before the Court on this issue.”
Confusion is putting it mildly, when we consider that each ECHR judgment that fails to recognise and uphold the fundamental and inalienable right to life from conception is a farce that cannot be fig-leafed with claims about state sovereignty and lack of consensus on the issue. Gregor Puppinck of the ECLJ, says that the key question arising from this case can be summarised as follows:
"Does the Convention guarantee a right to eugenics for parents, and in particular to the procedure of prenatal screening-elimination of sick or disabled fetuses? If so, does the State have a positive obligation in this regard?"
On March 21 2012 we celebrated the first International World Down’s Syndrome Day. In the UK 92% of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down's syndrome are killed by abortion. This has remained constant since 1989 when the National Down's Syndrome Cytogenetic Register began. Under the UK Abortion Act, a child with Down's syndrome can be aborted up to birth. These are sad and utterly unacceptable facts. We continue to live in a society that has waged a eugenic genocide against unborn disabled babies. Please sign the petition, encourage others to do so, and think about supporting SPUC’s No Less Human division and our wider work of campaigning on behalf of people with disabilities and illness born and unborn, their parents, and carers.

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Must-read pro-life news-stories, Fri 27 Apr

Lynne Featherstone, UK Equalities minister
Top stories:

UK pilot study concludes that 13-year-olds should be able to buy birth control pills at pharmacies
A pilot study in south-east London has concluded that girls as young as 13 should be allowed to buy birth control pills at pharmacies. A report found that 46% of the girls involved in the pilot had not used the pill before. [Guardian, 25 April] Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: "Some years ago similar pilot schemes were conducted prior to the morning-after pill being authorised for prescription-free sale in pharmacies. It is clear that the main criteria for success in these studies is the uptake of teenagers using the pills. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy designed to mislead policy-makers."

UK Equalities Minister to promote 'family planning' in visit to Africa
Lynne Featherstone, Britain's Equalities Minister will promote so-called 'family planning' in a visit this week to Africa. The government announced that 'family planning' was one of the issues at the "top of the agenda" for the visit. [Home Office, 24 April]  The current British government has made supporting abortion, contraception and so-called gay rights priorities for its international development agenda.

Other stories:


Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
  • Speaker of the House of Commons to attend gay rights march [Pink Paper, 27 April]
  • Papal nuncio to Great Britain speaks out on sexual ethics [Catholic Herald, 27 April]
  • UK pilot study concludes that 13-year-olds should be able to buy birth control pills at pharmacies [Guardian, 25 April]
  • Britain has world's 3rd highest proportion of sexually-active teens, study suggests [Mail, 25 April]
  • UK education minister says educational success can reduce need for school sex-ed [Telegraph, 24 April]
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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Watch this wonderful pro-life video

I was recently sent a wonderful pro-life video. The film depicts the thoughts of a baby who is aware that they are about to be killed in their mother's womb. The poem 'Interview with an unborn child', by Dr. Mojdeh Shirvanian, is set against the back-drop of beautiful images of unborn children .


Brad Mattes of the Life Issues Institute offers his reflection on the video:
... We get to hear the baby’s firsthand response with his “voice” in the clip.
Here’s a portion of the chilling “interview:”
"My loudest cry is in silence. My most beautiful dreams. Turn into nightmares. My greatest pain will not reach the ears of anyone. Not even my mother. I will never know who I am. Only He who has made me different from all others will know me. He sees my talents and who I would become. Nobody else will ever know me. Not even my mother . . . And except for death, no one will kiss me. Not even my mother."
"It’s absolutely heartbreaking to hear these words within the context of the deaths of 1.2 million babies every year. You’ll have to watch the video in its entirety to see what comes next."
Please share this excellent pro-life video with your friends and contacts.

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