Saturday, 16 June 2012

Prayerful witness outside abortion clinics gives women hope and saves lives

Paul Smeaton, my son, makes the case on 4thought.tv for prayerful witness outside abortion clinics:



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Friday, 15 June 2012

Draft doctors' guidance undermines human rights

SPUC has responded to the General Medical Council's consultation on personal beliefs, which closes today. SPUC's submission can be read at http://www.spuc.org.uk/documents/papers/gmcsub201206
In our submission, SPUC said:
  • The right to conscientious objection is a human right, which the GMC should recognise and protect far more fully
  • Patients need doctors of integrity who practise medicine in accordance with their conscience, including in regard to pregnant women and their unborn children.  Doctors need protection from pressures to treat patients in ways they believe are harmful, or to facilitate such harm by e.g. referring women for abortion
  • The relationship between doctor and patient is not one of service provider to client.  It cannot be consistent with professional ethics to require doctors to provide specific procedures, such as abortion, based not on patient need but solely on patient demand
  • It is also quite unreasonable to expect a doctor with a conscientious objection to arrange for the patient to see another doctor “who does not hold the same objection as you” (e.g. to abortion)
  • To require someone to act against his or her conscience is a violation of the person
  • The guidance is unclear and internally incoherent in several places.
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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Read this letter on how homosexual acts are being promoted among children

Dr Lisa Nolland
Dr Lisa Nolland (pictured), social historian, family issues expert and leading figure in Anglican Mainstream, has very kindly given me permission to publish a letter (below) she has sent to her member of parliament, which reveals how homosexual acts are being promoted among children. I hope that Dr Nolland's excellent letter will increase the sense of urgency among readers about opposing same-sex marriage and thus protecting our children. (See SPUC's position paper and background paper on why SPUC as a pro-life organisation is campaigning to defend real marriage and oppose same-sex marriage)

Before reading Dr Nolland's excellent letter, please be warned that the materials she references are graphic, shocking and revolting.
"I am deeply concerned about the impact of gay ‘marriage’ which the Prime Minister continues to endorse, on issues of schools and education.

The Terrence Higgins Trust is a ‘charity’ which has been generously funded by the state to work with kids age 14 and older in schools around the country. Its site materials are labelled as mainstream sexual ‘health’ and endorsed by the NHS. The NHS page for Young People even directs kids to a page on the THT site which features its ‘Playzones’, THT-sponsored venues for semi-public, anonymous, promiscuous sex in dark toilets and saunas, with tips on illegal anal drug use and cleaning up the blood produced by such sex acts afterwards. ‘Playzones’ are endorsed by the NHS and the London Metropolitan Police.

I attach another NHS- and THT- endorsed sexual ‘health’ book for ‘gay’ children 13 and up in Dorset, ‘The Sexy Stuff’. These organisations are essentially endorsing high-risk sex activity like rimming and anal sex. The latter is 20 times more risky that vaginal sex, because of the fragile construction of the rectal wall and the very real possibility of tearing the membrane and subsequent leakage back into the blood stream of rectal content which is packed with pathogenic organisms. It is one of the reasons MSM (men who have sex with men) experience such high rates of STIs./STDs (including HIV/AIDS). In this country HIV/AIDS rates among the MSM community (ca. 1-2% of the population) comprise almost 75% of new HIV infections sexually acquired in the UK (2010), and this figure continues to climb. In terms of expense, it costs more than £300,000 per patient for a lifetime of care. One in 11 MSMs in London is estimated to be HIV positive, according to the BMJ (British Medical Journal, p. 11, 31 March 2012). According to THT, ca. 1/4 of those remain unaware of their status. Even THT admits AIDS is still a killer (680 died in 2010).

I understand no one wants to sound the alarm because this stuff is so appalling, and any critique of the gay world is damned as homophobic and a harbinger of professional suicide. Such is the result of the pressure exerted on almost every one of our mainstream institutions by LGBT rights groups. However, this content is dangerous and damaging and if gay ‘marriage’ becomes legal we will get far more of this directly pumped into schools. This has already happened in Massachusetts, which legalized gay ‘marriage’ in 2004. The following year kids (11 and up) received the appalling Little Black Book in a school context.
( http://www.massresistance.org/docs/issues/black_book/black_book_inside.html )
Gay marriage entails gay sex. Legalising gay ‘marriage’ will make mandatory the teaching about gay relationships and gay sex. In the powerful name of LGBT rights, graphic materials like those produced by THT will become much more mainstream for underage teens. If gay relationships are included and protected under the umbrella of the institution of marriage, anyone who tries to take a stand against the promotion of this material will be seen as anti-gay and effectively silenced. Even now, it is nigh impossible to get anyone in public office to address this egregious content – who will venture to do this when gay ‘marriage’ is legal?

This is a simply massive issue which has been whitewashed, denied, and ignored by this ‘pro-family’ government. We are in fact damaging children and young people because we are allowing special interest groups access to school populations, knowing that on their sites (which kids are assured provide good advice) they are tacitly or overtly encouraged to experiment with high-risk, psychologically and physically dangerous sex acts which can cost them their lives. We teach our children to wash their hands after going to the toilet; the THT’s site resource, ‘The Bottom Line’ (p. 16) describes individuals who gain sexual stimulation by eating human faeces as part of their sex ‘play’. What madness is happening here?

As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act’.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Lisa Nolland"
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Must-read pro-life news-stories, Thu 14 June

Top stories:

Approval for new and controversial embryo techniques is dangerous
SPUC has responded to a report published by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics which claims that: "Novel techniques to prevent mitochondrial DNA disorders would be an ethical treatment option". Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, commented: “As with IVF and cloning, these mitochondrial techniques may well lead to developmental abnormalities. Creating embryonic children in the laboratory abuses them, by subjecting them to unnatural processes. These techniques are both destructive and dangerous and therefore unethical. The vast majority of embryonic children created in the laboratory are killed because they do not meet the 'quality control' requirements dictated by scientists involved in such increasingly macabre experiments. Scientists should abandon the spurious field of destructive embryo experimentation and instead promote the ethical alternative of adult stem cell research, which is already providing cures and treatments for an increasing number of conditions.” [SPUC, 12 June]

First half-a-million signatures for real marriage presented to Downing St
Half-a-million signatures were delivered to the prime minister's residence at No. 10 Downing Street on Tuesday when the Coalition For Marriage (C4M) presented its petition in defence of real marriage. The petition remains open as it is still growing - the last count was 557,627. SPUC supports the Coalition For Marriage and SPUC supporters have been leafleting and signature-gathering in support of the petition. [John Smeaton, 13 June]

Other stories:

Abortion
Euthanasia
Population
  • Chinese woman 'forced to have abortion at seven months' [HuffPo UK, 14 June]
  • China’s one-child policy causes more violence against women than any official policy in history, says expert [NRLC, 12 June]
Sexual ethics
  • Government's marriage document makes no reference to children, husbands or wives [Telegraph, 13 June]
  • UK government cannot protect faith communities against same-sex marriage laws, says UK justice minister [Mail, 13 June]
  • UK advertising watchdog clears ad against same-sex marriage [Cranmer, 13 June]
  • New EU human rights ambassador ‘should promote LGBT rights globally’, says European Parliament [Pink News, 13 June]
  • New study shows relationship with both father and mother is crucial [Mail, 13 June]
  • ‘Gold standard’ study’s striking findings: children of heterosexual parents happier, healthier [LifeSiteNews.com, 11 June]
  • Read the joint letter on same-sex marriage published in The Sunday Telegraph [John Smeaton, 11 June]
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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

First half-a-million signatures for real marriage presented to Downing St

Yesterday half-a-million signatures were delivered to the prime minister's residence at No. 10 Downing Street when the Coalition For Marriage (C4M) presented its petition in defence of real marriage - see the video report below. The petition remains open as it is still growing - the last count was 557,627. SPUC supports the Coalition For Marriage and SPUC supporters have been leafleting and signature-gathering in support of the petition (see SPUC's position paper and background paper on why SPUC as a pro-life organisation is campaigning to defend real marriage and oppose same-sex marriage). SPUC has also been encouraging submissions to the government's consultation on same-sex marriage, which closes tomorrow (see SPUC's guidelines paper for responding to the consultation).



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Listen to this moving song about an unborn child

A SPUC supporter kindly sent me the video of "Small bump", a song by Ed Sheeran, a young British songwriter, which is currently in the UK charts. It's beautiful that a popular singer thought to sing about the unborn. I found it very moving, and it made me cry. Watch it and if you like it, maybe pass it on to others. I include the lyrics underneath the video below.



'Small Bump' Lyrics

You're just a small bump unborn in four months you're brought to life
You might be left with my hair but you'll have your mother's eyes
I'll hold your body in my hands, be as gentle as I can
But for now you're a scan of my unmade plans
A small bump in four months you brought to life

And I'll whisper quietly and give you nothing but truth
If you're not inside me, I'll put my future in you

You are my one and only
And you can wrap your fingers round my thumb
And hold me tight
You are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb
And hold me tight
And you'll be alright

You're just a small bump, I know you'll grow into your skin
With a smile like hers and a dimple beneath your chin
Fingernails the size of a half grain of rice
And eyelids closed to be soon open wide
A small bump, in four months you'll open your eyes

And I'll hold you tightly and tell you nothing but truth
If you're not inside me, I'll put my future in you

You are my one and only
And you can wrap your fingers round my thumb
And hold me tight
You are my one and only
And you can wrap your fingers round my thumb
And hold me tight
And you'll be alright

Then you can lie with me, with your tiny feet
When you're half asleep I'll leave you be
Right in front of me, for a couple weeks
So I can keep you safe

'Cos you are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb
And hold me tight
You are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb
And hold me tight
And you'll be alright

'Cos you were just a small bump unborn for four months, then torn from life
Maybe you were needed up there but we're still unaware as why.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

It's time for peaceful resistance to Obama's "wicked" regulation

Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro (right), the executive director of Human Life International‘s (HLI) office in Rome, Italy, has written an article on the need for Catholics in America to refuse to comply with the mandate from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, issued under The Affordable Care Act, which would force religious institutions to provide funding for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception.

Monsignor Barreiro summarises the grave threat posed by the Affordable Care Act, saying:
"Under the Affordable Care Act the government is forcing almost all religious institutions to pay for insurance that must fully cover abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, or face stiff penalties. This legal mandate is not only a threat to all Christians, but to all persons of good will who cherish the rights recognized by the U.S. Constitution."
It is encouraging to see that the US Catholic Bishops Conference is taking a similarly strong line against the proposals. With reference to the HHS Mandate, the bishops said in their June newsletter:
"Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be justified. Every effort must be made to repeal them. When fundamental human goods, such as the right of conscience, are at stake, we may need to witness to the truth by resisting the law and incurring its penalties."
Dr James Dobson, a well respected American Evangelical leader, has also voiced his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, saying:
""I will not pay the surcharge for abortion services...So come and get me if you must, Mr. President. I will not bow before your wicked regulation"
This united and widespread opposition to the act was manifested in rallies in 160 American cities this past weekend, with tens of thousands involved in total.

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Mitochondria technique approval is dangerous

SPUC has responded to the report published today by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics which claims that: "Novel techniques to prevent mitochondrial DNA disorders would be an ethical treatment option."

Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, told the media today:
“As with IVF and cloning, these mitochondrial techniques may well lead to developmental abnormalities. Creating embryonic children in the laboratory abuses them, by subjecting them to unnatural processes. These techniques are both destructive and dangerous and therefore unethical. The vast majority of embryonic children created in the laboratory are killed because they do not meet the 'quality control' requirements dictated by scientists involved in such increasingly macabre experiments. Scientists should abandon the spurious field of destructive embryo experimentation and instead promote the ethical alternative of adult stem cell research, which is already providing cures and treatments for an increasing number of conditions.”
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Monday, 11 June 2012

Read the joint letter on same-sex marriage published in yesterday's Sunday Telegraph

Yesterday The Sunday Telegraph published a joint letter (scroll half-way down the page) from Jamie Bogle, chairman of the Catholic Union of Great Britain, and myself on the debate about same-sex marriage. The version published by The Sunday Telegraph was actually a condensed version of the much-longer original letter, which was signed jointly by ten other Catholics (plus Jamie and me). Here is the full version below:
The Government's proposals to allow 'equal civil marriage'

The undersigned met at a gathering recently where the proposals for 'equal civil marriage' were under discussion. As the Government's consultation period on those proposals draws to its close, we would like to draw attention to four particular facets of this debate. These points are not argued from the background of any one faith, belief, or philosophy but in order to raise certain basic points which should undergird the debate:

1. The government's proposals have no democratic mandate whatsoever. Proposals for 'equal civil marriage' were not included in the manifestos of the 2010 general election of the three principal political parties, namely, Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrats. Neither did such a proposal feature in the Coalition's agreement. Furthermore, the proposal is in direct conflict with statements made and undertakings given when the arrangements for civil partnerships were legally enacted. At a time when politicians are held in particularly low esteem by the electorate, we have to ask: what mandate does the Government or Parliament have to enact such far-reaching legislation? If the answer is merely that Parliament is sovereign, then there seems to be a grave misunderstanding of the relationship between the legislature and the people.

2. In the law of England and Wales, there only exists one law relating to marriage, whether that state is entered into in civic premises with a civic registrar or in churches, faith premises etc. There is only one law and standard of marriage and this has far-reaching implications in relation to citizenship, taxation, inheritance etc. The government's proposals seem to be drawing a distinction between religious marriage and civil marriage and this distinction has hitherto been unknown to our laws.

3. There has, of course, already been a consultation in Scotland on proposals for 'equal civil marriage', the results of which are not yet known. But, are we potentially facing a situation where within one United Kingdom we have three different arrangements, namely, for England and Wales, for Scotland and for Northern Ireland? What are the implications again for citizenship, taxation and inheritance in these
separate provinces of one United Kingdom?

4. This matter is being treated as government business rather than a proposal on the basis of private members' legislation. We believe that this ill thought-out legislative proposal should be dropped without further ado for the duration of this Parliament. Governments come and go. Economies rise and wane but marriage and the family remains and will continue to remain. Therefore, if political parties wish to bring forward these proposals as part of their next election manifesto and campaign, so be it, but that will allow the electorate to make its views felt. This, we believe, is the proper way for these controversial proposals to be canvassed.

Yours faithfully,

Jamie Bogle
Bob Edwards
John Smeaton
Anthony McCarthy
Edmund Adamus
William Capstick
Matthew Connolly
John de Waal
Michael Elmer
Neil Ferrigan
Richard Mitchell
Dr Michael Straiton
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