Friday, 25 May 2012

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Fri 25 May

Chen Guangcheng
Top stories:

European Parliament passes radical pro-homosexual resolution
The European Parliament has passed a resolution promoting a radical pro-homosexual agenda. The resolution was passed 430 votes in favour to 105 against. [LBGT-EU, 24 May] SPUC supporters had lobbied the parliament to reject the resolution [SPUC, 23 May]

SPUC welcomes and supports Muslims Defending Marriage (MDM)
SPUC welcomes and supports a campaign launched by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to defend marriage, including opposing the goverment's plans to allow same-sex marriage. The MCB, which is the umbrella body representing Britain’s Muslims, has launched a website called Muslims Defending Marriage (MDM), which includes an online petition and supporting material. SPUC and the MCB share the belief that it is necessary to defend the true meaning of marriage in order to protect the welfare of children. [SPUC, 24 May]

Other stories:
  • NHS performed 24 abortions on three teenage girls [Telegraph, 25 May]
  • Evidence presented at World Health Assembly that health care, not abortion, will solve maternal mortality [NRL, 24 May]
  • Finland tells UK that women in Northern Ireland should be entitled to safe legal abortion without having to travel [Pat Buckley, 24 May]
  • Spanish doctor ordered to pay child monthly maintenance after botched abortion [Telegraph, 24 May]
  • Woman removed from flight over vulgar pro-abortion t-shirt [Mail, 24 May]
Embryology
  • Post-IVF columnist says IVF for over-40s is cruel [Mail, 24 May]
Population
Sexual ethics
General
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SPUC replies to false claims about its school talks

SPUC has today published an open letter (full text) to the British Humanist Association (BHA) and Education for Choice (EfC), replying to an open letter by those organisations attacking SPUC's schools talks. Among other things, SPUC's letter, authored by our education manager Anthony McCarthy, says:
"SPUC has made no claim that cannot be supported by the current evidence ... Unlike yourselves, we have offered an abundance of serious evidence on the issues we talk about, and have avoided the ill-informed and sweeping statements made by the abortion industry and some of its less critical supporters."
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Thursday, 24 May 2012

SPUC welcomes and supports Muslims Defending Marriage (MDM)

SPUC welcomes and supports a campaign launched today by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to defend marriage, including opposing the goverment's plans to allow same-sex marriage.

The MCB, which is the umbrella body representing Britain’s Muslims, has launched a website called Muslims Defending Marriage (MDM), which includes an online petition and supporting material.

SPUC and the MCB share the belief that it is necessary to defend the true meaning of marriage in order to protect the welfare of children. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, told the media earlier today:
“Marriage as an institution exists to protect children, their identity and their right to know and be nurtured by both their mother and their father. Statistics show that unborn babies are four to five times more likely to be aborted outside of real marriage. As a non-denominational yet multi-faith organisation, we are very happy to support the Muslim Council of Britain's campaign to defend the common good of marriage.”
Both the MCB and SPUC are calling upon concerned citizens to respond to the government’s 12-week consultation on its proposals for same-sex marriage. The deadline for submissions to the consultation is 14 June 2012. SPUC's briefing on how to respond to the consultation can be read at http://www.spuc.org.uk/campaigns/ssm_consult

For information about why SPUC, as a pro-life campaigning organisation, campaigns against same-sex unions, please see our position paper on same-sex marriage which follows a resolution passed by SPUC's Council last year. SPUC has also made available a background paper to be read in conjunction with the position paper and which provides some additional references and reflections.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

URGENT Urge MEPs to reject homosexual marriage resolution

We have been informed this afternoon (Wednesday 23 May) by our colleagues at European Dignity Watch of a vote tomorrow (Thursday 24 May) between 12pm and 2pm (continental time) to approve a pro-homosexual/anti-family resolution entitled "Fight against homophobia in Europe". Your urgent action – as soon as you receive this message – would be greatly appreciated. European Dignity Watch writes:
"Tomorrow [Thursday 24 May] the European Parliament will vote on a joint resolution on the fight against homophobia in Europe. As usually happens when it comes to LGBT lobbying, the resolution has been put on the agenda in a cloak-and-dagger operation during the conference of group leaders just before plenary started this Monday in Strasbourg. Supported by a wide range of political groups, among others by the EPP group, the document urges Member States to legalize same-sex registered partnerships and “marriage”. This resolution is a sweeping blow of the LGBT lobby calling upon all European Institutions to take severe action on the matter."
Please email your MEP and urge him/her to vote against the resolution. UK subjects can find their MEPs' contact-details at http://www.europarl.org.uk/view/en/your_MEPs.html Citizens of other EU member-states can find their MEPs' contact-details at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/search.html Please copy any replies you receive from MEPs to political@spuc.org.uk

Briefly explain your concerns and cite some of the points below to support your concerns.

Problems with the resolution include that it:
  • calls on other EU member-states to consider giving legal recognition to homosexual relationships
  • uses the highly-politicised terms 'homophobia' and 'hate speech'
  • likens so-called 'homophobia' to racism, xenophobia and anti-semitism 
  • cites education as a key method of tackling so-called 'homophobia'. Such education is likely to include education given to children in school, presenting and promoting homosexual relationships as equal to real marriage. This will be a further assault on the innocence of children and the prior right of parents who are the primary educators of their children. Problems of conscience may also arise for teachers. 
Arguments you can use to support your concerns:
  • Homosexual marriage lacks basic elements of true marriage e.g. the complementary sexual difference between spouses necessary for the procreation and healthy upbringing of children
  • It is not 'neutral' for governments to regulate (and therefore endorse) homosexual partnerships. Rather it is governments taking a highly-politicised view of the nature and purpose of marriage. Governments are thus effectively seeking to dilute, denature and completely redefine what is in fact a natural and primary institution
  • The fundamental group unit of society is not government; it is the family based upon the marriage of a man and a woman. Governments have a duty to serve and protect natural marriage and recognise its primacy, not redefine it
  • Once homosexual civil partnerships and homosexual marriage have been accepted, calls for and attempts to legislate for polygamy could follow. Research shows the polygamy is harmful for the adults and children involved, and wider society 
  • The financial costs of amending legislation and civil procedures to accommodate homosexual unions will run into billions: a staggering amount at a time of serious financial concerns across the EU 
  • Neither the Universal Declaration of Human Rights nor the European Convention on Human Rights make any mention of 'sexual orientation' or 'gender identity'
  • Only a small number of governments around the world recognise homosexual marriages, registered partnerships, cohabitation, adoption or fertility assistance
  • The European Court of Human Rights has held that there is no right to, nor obligation on European countries to permit, homosexual marriage
  • The resolution's timing could unduly influence pending cases at the European Court of Human Rights
  • Serious concerns have been raised about EU Commission funding of ILGA-Europe (the International Lesbian and Gay Association), which has received around 80% of its funding from the EU Commission
  • Approval of homosexual marriage will lead to court cases against religious bodies who refuse to bless homosexual unions.
For information about why SPUC, as a pro-life campaigning organisation, campaigns against same-sex unions, please see our position paper on same-sex marriage which follows a resolution passed by SPUC's Council last year. SPUC has also made available a background paper to be read in conjunction with the position paper and which provides some additional references and reflections.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Tue 22 May

New pro-life hospital, Kenya
Top stories:

SPUC rebuts UK govt claim to be world-leader for disabled people
SPUC has rebutted a claim made by the UK government that it is a world-leader for disabled people. The Twitter account of the British embassy to the Holy See tweeted: "The UK is a world leader in the way it responds to disability, both as society but also at government level." SPUC responded by tweeting: "Wrong. [The] UK aborts disabled babies up to birth; kills disabled children at [the] embryonic stage [and] kills [the] mentally incapacitated. [Twitter, 21 May]

Same-sex couples to get free IVF on NHS
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has suggested that same-sex couples should receive IVF free on the NHS, regardless of whether one or other partner has fertility problems. The recommendations are part of draft guidelines currently under consultation. Josephine Quintavalle of Comment on Reproductive Ethics (CORE) commented: "[J]ust because someone's sexual persuasion does not allow them to have children does not mean we have to kowtow to political correctness." [Sky, 22 May]

Other stories:

Abortion
Embryology
  • Rise in surrogate pregnancies raises ethical concerns [CNA, 19 May]
Population
Sexual ethics
General
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Monday, 21 May 2012

Look out for prize-winning pro-life film "Doonby" later this year

Earlier this month, the pro-life film "Doonby" (official website) was given an award at the 2nd annual International Life Fest Film Festival in Los Angeles. The theme of the movie is : "A story worth telling. A life worth living". Interest in "Doonby" is growing, not least since Gianfranco Grieco, office head at the Pontifical Council for the Family in Rome praised the film in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. The film is due for general release later this year. Do watch the trailer below or on YouTube.



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Must-read pro-life news-stories, Mon 21 May

Pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius

Top stories

SPUC launches briefing to guide submissions to same-sex marriage consultation
SPUC has launched a briefing document to help supporters make submissions to the government's consultation on same-sex marriage. The document can be read and downloaded at http://www.spuc.org.uk/campaigns/ssm_consult The deadline for submissions to the consultation is 14 June. SPUC's concern is to protect marriage because marriage, as the life-long exclusive union of a husband and wife, protects unborn children and helps families to flourish. Marriage is not owned by the state – it belongs to mankind. The proposals for same-sex marriage (or “equal civil marriage” as officialdom describes it), were not included in the Queen’s Speech, but this does not mean the plans have been dropped: far from it. [SPUC, 17 May]

Tower Hamlets parents to launch petition against sexually-explicit school teaching
Parents in Tower Hamlets are launching a petition to stop sexually-explicit teaching in local schools. Tower Hamlets Parents' Action Group on SRE (THPAG-SRE), who are launching the petition, is a group of concerned Muslim parents with children at school in the borough. The group is supported by SPUC's Safe at School campaign. [SPUC, 18 May]

Cardiff public meeting to warn parents about explicit sex ed
A public meeting to be held in Cardiff next Wednesday (23 May) will warn parents about explicit sex education in primary schools. The meeting will be addressed by Antonia Tully of SPUC's Safe at School campaign. Mrs Tully will explain that many parents around the country are disturbed that graphic teaching programmes, such as Channel Four's "Living and Growing", are being shown to children as young as seven in primary schools. [SPUC, 17 May]

Other stories

Abortion

Embryology
  • Michael J. Fox: "Answer Probably Not Coming from Embryonic Stem Cells" [Vital Signs, 18 May]
  • Would-be grandparents paying for adult daughters to freeze eggs to have babies later [Mail, 14 May]

Sexual ethics

Population
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