Friday, 7 June 2013

Must-read pro-life news-stories, 7 June

Listen to SPUC's Anthony McCarthy talk against same-sex marriage

In February, Anthony McCarthy, SPUC's senior education manager and a respected bioethicist, gave a talk in Newcastle explaining why same-sex marriage will be bad for the protection of children, both born and unborn. You can listen to Anthony's talk on SPUC's YouTube channel. Anthony ended his talk with a plea:
"If you want to defend marriage, and if you want to defend the unborn, and you want to actually challenge an attempt in our laws to redefine man and woman (in effect), then please - please - stand up and be counted and listen to my colleagues (at SPUC) and see what you can do."
Anthony's plea is all the more relevant as the campaign is far from over in the House of Lords to stop the government's same-sex marriage bill. Learn from Anthony the arguments you need to help maintain a campaign of unwavering defence of our children and our children's children against the abolition of marriage which protects them. [John Smeaton, 7 June] People wishing to lobby Members of the House of Lords should contact SPUC on 020 7091 7091 or by email to political@spuc.org.uk

Other stories:

Abortion
  • UN experts condemn El Salvador for denying ill-woman an abortion [Fox News, 7 June]
  • Early Down's test 'more sensitive', claim experts [BBC, 7 June]
  • Midwives’ abortion objection to be challenged in the Supreme Court [Irish Post, 6 June]
Euthanasia
  • Two-year-old in ‘vegetative state’ wakes up after adult stem cell treatment [LifeSiteNews.com, 6 June]
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary sorry over 100-year-old's death [BBC, 5 June]
Sexual ethics
General
  • Babies practise crying in the womb, Durham researchers claim [BBC, 6 June]
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Listen to SPUC's Anthony McCarthy talk against same-sex marriage

Back in February, Anthony McCarthy, SPUC's senior education manager and a respected bioethicist, gave a talk in Newcastle explaining why same-sex marriage will be bad for the protection of children, both born and unborn. You can listen to Anthony's talk by clicking on the video-box below or on SPUC's YouTube channel. Anthony ended his talk with a plea:
"If you want to defend marriage, and if you want to defend the unborn, and you want to actually challenge an attempt in our laws to redefine man and woman (in effect), then please - please - stand up and be counted and listen to my colleagues (at SPUC) and see what you can do."
Anthony's plea is all the more relevant as the campaign is far from over in the House of Lords to stop the government's same-sex marriage bill. Learn from Anthony the arguments you need to help maintain a campaign of unwavering defence of our children and our children's children against the abolition of marriage which protects them. People wishing to lobby Members of the House of Lords should contact SPUC on 020 7091 7091 or by email to political@spuc.org.uk



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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Wed 5 June

Top story:

Campaign far from over in Lords to stop same-sex marriage
The campaign is far from over in the House of Lords to stop the government's same-sex marriage bill. SPUC was commenting after the House of Lords voted to allow the bill to receive a second reading by 390 votes to 148. Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, commented: "A significant number of Lords who support same-sex marriage said that the bill does not have their unqualified support. Also, some Lords with objections to same-sex marriage did not vote against the bill this evening because of disputed parliamentary conventions restricting voting rights. Several Lords were wary of rejecting the bill at second reading because of fears that the government would subject the bill to the Parliament Act – overriding the Lords entirely and forcing the bill through without any scope for amending any aspects of it. These factors, plus the large number of Lords who voted against the bill, suggests strongly that the bill could be in trouble in the forthcoming parliamentary stages. We therefore call upon all those seeking to defend the child-centred true nature of marriage to increase their activity to stop the bill." [SPUC, 4 June]

People wishing to lobby Members of the House of Lords should contact SPUC on 020 7091 7091 or by email to political@spuc.org.uk

Other stories:

Abortion
  • Pro-abortion lobbyist calls for Catholic hospitals to be banned from providing maternity care [Marge Berer, 5 June]
  • A baby is born, thanks to a young woman who talks the talk and more importantly, walks the walk [SPUC youth blog, 4 June]
Embryology
Sexual ethics
  • Barnardo's charity claims same-sex marriage bill is positive for children [Pink News, 31 May]
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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Campaign far from over in Lords to stop same-sex marriage

The House of Lords voted this evening to allow the government's same-sex marriage bill to receive a second reading by 390 votes to 148. However, the campaign is far from over to stop the bill.

As Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, told the media this evening:
"A significant number of Lords who support same-sex marriage said that the bill does not have their unqualified support. Also, some Lords with objections to same-sex marriage did not vote against the bill this evening because of disputed parliamentary conventions restricting voting rights.

Several Lords were wary of rejecting the bill at second reading because of fears that the government would subject the bill to the Parliament Act – overriding the Lords entirely and forcing the bill through without any scope for amending any aspects of it.

These factors, plus the large number of Lords who voted against the bill, suggests strongly that the bill could be in trouble in the forthcoming parliamentary stages. We therefore call upon all those seeking to defend the child-centred true nature of marriage to increase their activity to stop the bill.

Redefining marriage in law as a genderless institution unconnected with child-bearing will strip marriage of its identity. Whatever the fate of the government's bill, we must continue to fight to preserve the protection real marriage gives to children, both born and unborn.”
For the sake of our children and our children's children, we must maintain our absolute opposition to same-sex marriage.

People wishing to lobby Members of the House of Lords should contact SPUC on 020 7091 7091 or by email to political@spuc.org.uk

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