Saturday, 16 February 2013

Free IVF for gays and over-40s is nonsensical waste

SPUC has responded to information that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has upgraded its guidelines on fertility, containing the controversial moves, from 'draft' status to 'final' status. See this morning's reports in The Telegraph:
and this video report which features Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager:

As Anthony told the media:
"Such funding is a nonsensical waste of taxpayers' money. IVF doesn't treat or cure fertility problems. IVF has a massive failure rate, resulting in millions of embryonic children wasted in the laboratory and most couples being sent away childless.

Same-sex couples, career-women who consciously delayed childbearing, and women who chose to remain single, chose a naturally non-fertile lifestyle. The money would be better spent on younger heterosexual couples with genuine fertility problems, and on the more successful, natural and ethical alternatives to IVF.

The guidelines ignores biology in the name of politically-correct social-engineering. In the case of IVF for same-sex couples, children are being abused - by being deliberately deprived of either a father or a mother. And in the case of IVF for women over 40, technology is being abused  - by extending childbearing beyond the limit set by Mother Nature".
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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

MPs resort to smokescreen in attempt to impose compulsory sex education

MPs are using a campaign to end violence against women as a smokescreen to push forward their agenda for compulsory sex education.

SPUC Safe at School has responding to those MPs, committed to compulsory sex education, who have initiated a debate calling for an end to violence against females through making personal, social and health education (PHSE) a statutory requirement in schools (see below). Sex and relationships education (SRE) is part of PHSE.

Antonia Tully of SPUC Safe at School said:
"This is a cheap tactic aimed at deflecting attention away from their real agenda. Who isn't against ending violence towards women? Those MPs who want compulsory sex education are mixing up two different issues in an attempt to wrap up compulsory sex education with an issue they think will be more acceptable to the public in general, and parents in particular. 

"Safe at School has exposed many SRE teaching resources to be graphic lessons about sex which sexualise children. Hundreds of parents wanting to protect their children from such lessons have been supported by Safe at School. Compulsory sex education deprives parents of their legal right to withdraw their children from inappropriate sex lessons. We will make sure that MPs and parents are not taken in by such gimmicks."

Tomorrow in the House of Commons MPs will debate the following motion:

"PROTECTING FUTURE GENERATIONS FROM VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

Fiona Mactaggart
Amber Rudd
Diana Johnson
Ann Coffey
Caroline Lucas
Annette Brooke

Sandra Osborne    Heidi Alexander    Seema Malhotra
Mrs Cheryl Gillan    Liz Kendall        Debbie Abrahams
Sarah Champion    Dame Anne Begg    Mrs Eleanor Laing
Bridget Phillipson    Karl Turner        Luciana Berger
Chris Bryant

That this House notes the One Billion Rising Campaign, and the call to end violence against women and girls; and calls on the Government to support this by introducing statutory provisions to make personal, social and health education, including a zero tolerance approach to violence and abuse in relationships, a requirement in schools."

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Education secretary challenged to be honest about gay marriage bill

Michael Gove before the committee
SPUC has challenged Education Secretary Michael Gove to be honest that teachers will be in trouble if they claim that gay marriage is not real or true or valid marriage. SPUC, which argues that the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill will undermine the pro-life institution of real (i.e. heterosexual) marriage, was responding to Mr Gove's answers this morning to the Commons committee scrutinising the bill.

Mr Gove indicated that teachers should not give "unbalanced" or "unreasonable" views or "inappropriate teaching" regarding same-sex marriage. He evaded a question on what will happen to teachers who refuse to take part in religious education (RE) or sex and relationships education (SRE) lessons unless they can follow their conscience on the issue. When asked, by Tim Loughton MP, the specific questions:
  • If a teacher said that gay marriage is 'pretend marriage', is that 'inappropriate teaching'?
  • What would happen to a teacher who refused to take an RE lesson unless they could say that gay marriage is 'pretend marriage' e.g. Would they be allowed to take that lesson?
Mr Gove demurred, saying he couldn't imagine that any teacher would set out in that way, and he refused to answer the question directly.

Antonia Tully of SPUC's Safe at School campaign told the media earlier today:
“What does Mr Gove mean by an 'unbalanced view'? Mr Gove can't claim on the one hand that teachers won't be under pressure to go against their consciences, and on the other hand conceal his position on what can and cannot be stated in the classroom.

Many teachers will find themselves caught between their headteacher and their conscience. Helen Grant, a junior minister, has warned that:
'... it will always be a matter for the head to determine what teachers under his control should be teaching and he/she will have a range of disciplinary measures at their disposal if they are needed including ultimately dismissal.'"
Mrs Tully continued:
"What about those headteachers who insist that so-called same-sex marriage is not equated with marriage between a man and a woman? Can we imagine them being allowed to use 'a range of disciplinary measures' against teachers who want to promote same-sex marriage?"
SPUC's Safe at School campaign is offering confidential advice and support for teachers facing a crisis of conscience over teaching same-sex marriage.

Watch the video of Mr Gove's evidence.

Read SPUC's position paper on why it campaigns against same-sex marriage.

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Monday, 11 February 2013

"Has Liverpool Care Pathway become a licence to kill?" asks professor in care of the elderly

Severe criticism of the Liverpool Care Pathway from Professor Brian Livesley, an emeritus professor in the care of the elderly in London, has appeared in the British Journal of Healthcare Management.

Under the headline: "Has care pathway turned into a licence to kill difficult patients", today's Daily Telegraph reports:
The Liverpool Care Pathway appears to have become a "licence to kill” through misuse by doctors and nurses, a leading palliative care expert has said.

Starving and dehydrating someone to death may have become a way of dealing with a “problem patient” because modern health care professionals do not know what else to do, Prof Brian Livesley warned.

The emeritus professor in the care of the elderly at Imperial College School of Medicine, London, warned that limited experience of dying patients because of the lack of life threatening epidemics had created “inadequacy among doctors and nurses".

Writing in the British journal of Healthcare Management, he asked if this had allowed “a pseudo-form of the Liverpool Care Pathway to be used to remove the ‘problem patient’ under a ‘starvation and dehydration quick-fix’”.

He added: “By misuse has the Liverpool Care Pathway become a licence to kill?”

Prof Livesley said the guidelines should mean that symptoms such as thirst, pain and hunger were dealt with while unecessary treatments were avoided. “After all for conscious patients particularly, starvation and dehydration are terrible ways to die,” he wrote.

“Inducing death by neglect when a person has unrelieved symptoms also exposes wilful and/or negligent clinical staff - as well as their administrators - to the certain risk of criminal charges.”

The pathway, a set of guidelines aimed at providing hospice standard care of the dying in hospital, has become controversial after high profile cases of patients being denied food and water in their final days. Some have said that it is akin to euthanasia.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “Experts agree the Liverpool Care Pathway can play a vital role in making sure a person’s final hours are as pain free and digniied as possible.

“However, we have seen that there are too many cases where patients or their families have not been properly involved in decisions.

“This is unacceptable. That is why Baroness Julia Neuberger has been appointed to chair an independent review"
The Department of Health spokesman completely misses the professor's point. Health professionals cannot mitigate the crime of inducing death by starvation and dehydration by seeking to involve patients and/or their families in such neglect. It's no wonder that concern about the Liverpool Care Pathway continues to grow when a department of health spokesman makes such an astonishing comment.

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Must-read pro-life news-stories, Mon 11 Feb

SPUC thanks Pope for linking protecting life with defending marriage
SPUC has thanked His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for linking the protection of human life with the defence of marriage. SPUC was responding to this morning's announcement that Pope Benedict is abdicating the papal throne due to ill health. John Smeaton, SPUC's director, commented: “On behalf of SPUC, I wish to express our gratitude to Pope Benedict for the many times in which he linked the protection of human life with defending the family based on authentic marriage and with the proper use of sexuality. For example, in November 2010 he referred to '[m]arriage in which a man and a woman form a family which generously accepts life and accompanies it from conception until natural end.' And in 2008 he linked 'concern for human life' with 'responsible conjugal love', in a statement marking the 40th anniversary of 'Humanae Vitae', Pope Paul VI’s encyclical against contraception. Pope Benedict’s statements were wake-up calls to the whole pro-life movement to campaign against same-sex marriage and similar threats to the life-giving meaning of sexuality.” [SPUC, 11 February]

Don’t let Red Nose Day leave you red-faced
The annual Red Nose Day returns on 15 March. Pro-lifers should boycott raising money for Red Nose Day. Raising money for Red Nose Day means that some of that money will go to charities and projects that are inimical to building a culture that respects all human life from conception. Don’t let Red Nose Day leave you red-faced - get the facts. [John Smeaton,6 February]

Pro-family MPs fight back in same-sex marriage debate
The government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was given a second reading in the House of Commons today by 400 votes to 175. Pro-family MPs fought back against the same-sex marriage agenda. The strength of the opposition to the bill was larger than expected, and came largely from the governments own back-bench MPs. The bill now goes to Committee for further scrutiny. We call upon the millions of people who value marriage to continue to lobby parliamentarians to resist the bill. [SPUC, 5 February]

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SPUC thanks Pope for linking protecting life with defending marriage

SPUC has thanked His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for linking the protection of human life with the defence of marriage. SPUC was responding to this morning's announcement that Pope Benedict is abdicating the papal throne due to infirmity.

As I told the media earlier today, on behalf of SPUC, I wish to express our gratitude to Pope Benedict for the many times in which he linked the protection of human life with defending the family based on authentic marriage and with the proper use of sexuality. For example, in November 2010 he referred to:
"[m]arriage in which a man and a woman form a family which generously accepts life and accompanies it from conception until natural end."
And in 2008 he linked::
"concern for human life"
with
"responsible conjugal love"
in a statement marking the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical against contraception.

Pope Benedict’s statements were wake-up calls to the whole pro-life movement to campaign against same-sex marriage and similar threats to the life-giving meaning of sexuality.

For more information, please see SPUC's position paper on same-sex marriage.

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Christians won't be intimidated by Government on same-sex marriage, says Bishop Davies

Marriage belongs to humanity - not politicians, not the church, nor any religious group, Bishop Mark Davies, the bishop of Shrewsbury, told married couples yesterday.

The couples were gathered from all over the Diocese of Shrewsbury at the Church of Our Lady and the Apostles, Stockport, Cheshire, to celebrate landmark anniversaries at an annual Mass of Thanksgiving for Marriage.

In a homily just days after the House of Commons voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, the Rt Rev. Mark Davies repeated the teaching of the Church that the understanding of marriage as a lifelong, exclusive union between a man and a woman is written into human nature itself and cannot be changed by Parliaments.

And Bishop Davies challenged Christians regarding the government's claim that opponents of same-sex marriage are on the wrong side of history, saying ...
As Christians, we must never fear being on the wrong side of any moment of history but we do fear being on the wrong side of Eternity. And our society should surely fear placing its trust in passing ideologies.
The outspoken Bishop of Shrewsbury chided the government and gave a government minister a history lesson on Catholic witness in defence of human dignity and marriage over the centuries in the following words ...
Maria Miller, the present Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport tells us that those who oppose the government’s plans to change marriage are on the wrong side of history. The Gospel itself has been on the wrong side of history, perhaps more often than Mrs Miller realises. The Catholic Church has stood by the truth of marriage in every time and place. We have only to think of how the truth of marriage was threatened by polygamy or the treatment of wives as possessions of their husbands. And today the Church must defend marriage again, in the face of a false understanding of equality. As Christians we believe in a radical equality: recognising that every human person, without exception, is created in the image and likeness of God; is redeemed and loved by Christ, and called to eternal life. Our faith leads us to uphold the dignity of every human person, and condemn every form of injustice that undermines this God-given dignity
The witness of Christians to the truth of marriage will become ever more important if Britain continues to drift from its Christian foundations following the decision of Parliament to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, the Bishop of Shrewsbury said. Recognising the truth of marriage was not “an injustice to be remedied” and Bishop Davies predicted that soon it could even become an offence to repeat “the beautiful teaching of Christ” that marriage is the lasting union of one man and one woman which forms the foundation of the family.

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